Text: Isaiah 55:1-7
Twenty-eight days ago, we began this season with an invitation: O, Come, Let Us Adore Him. Let us adore the King who made His grand entrance in a manger, the baby Son of God who grew to be a man and the Savior of Man.
We have awaited His arrival with joy and repentance, expectancy and hope, and now He’s here. He’s here!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
(Placide Cappeau, 1847)
Our Lord has appeared—the embodiment of the boldest, most beautiful, most personal invitation we could ever hope to receive.
And now, today, we read another glorious invitation in a passage inspired by the Holy Spirit and penned by the prophet Isaiah—a passage which presents the blessed implications of Christmas centuries before the birth of Christ. (Isn’t the Bible amazing?)
[Let’s pause here to read these seven verses together once more. They’re just too rich to read only once!]
As I look back at how I’ve spent this closing year, I see moments and days where I lived as if I believe Christmas is a lie. I see times of displaced hope and misplaced trust. But I also see the steadfast hand of God’s covenant love undergirding all my acts of futility and forgetfulness.
And so, I will offer to you this sweet reminder the Lord is whispering to me through the words of Isaiah—
Those things you spend your spiritual and emotional and physical currency on, in hopes that it will fill you up? They are not bread. They cannot satisfy. They cost all of you, leaving you bankrupt, when the riches of grace are free for the taking.
Oh, friends, the invitation to “seek the Lord while He may be found” is not an ultimatum. It’s not a threat for us to be better or do more. It is a promise!
Isaiah 55:3 says, “I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.” A covenant is the firmest, surest, most lasting kind of promise! And the Lord has covenanted with us to love us with a steadfast love. The promise that came to us in the words of a prophet and in the discomfort of a humble stable still hold fast for you and me, right here and now.
Our God has come to us—Emmanuel! He is here and ours for the knowing.
The invitation does come with one qualification: it is for “everyone who thirsts” (Is. 55:1).
If you aren’t thirsty today—if you have no longings, no fears, no need to be known or loved or accepted or forgiven—then this invitation may not for you. Or, maybe you need to hear that it is okay to be needy and broken. Being thirsty is more than acceptable—it is that blessed ache that drives you to the arms of the One who saves.
So, come, let’s be thirsty together. Let’s seek the Lord while He may be found. And praise God—He may indeed be found! Christmas is true!
For an added layer of worship during this sweet season of adoration and expectation, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Advent 2014! You can find the complete SheReadsTruth | O Come Let Us Adore Him playlist at this link, or listen to today’s track on the player below. Enjoy!