That Which is not Bread

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord...

For you shall go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace.” Isaiah 55:1-2,6-7,12

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
    my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
    beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
    and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.” Psalm 63:1-3,5

There is so much available that does not satisfy. Everywhere we look, glossy treats of enticing images, expert-speak, you-must-haves, and hollow accolades entice with hollow promise, full only of empty calories. In daily life, we go from meal to meal, toy to toy, activity to activity, and in our busy-frenzy fail to hear the growl of true soul hunger.

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It is the devil’s scheme to drown out the gnaw, to distract us from what really matters in life, and keep our eyes and affections and passions caught up in the temporary and meaningless. The more we invest emotion (that drains), financial outlay (that depletes), and physical and mental energy (that diminish) in the insignificant, the more meager our lasting return. Our will wearies in the dry land, we lose our taste for what lasts, and we neglect pursuing what satisfies soul and spirit. Yet, it is this, Himself, to which the Lord beckons us freely come and partake. ‘Focus on it, pursue it, spend yourselves for it– because in Me will you find what you are looking for.’

Where do I go in my mind, my schedule, looking for lesser things? At the end of the day, or month, how much have I spent on what I can’t even recall, and have nothing to show for? What must I forsake to seek the Lord each morning, and His priorities for my resources, and the determination to see them through?

 

With whom will I discuss these decisions, seek advice, be held accountable, for doing all for the glory of God, and procuring what satisfies, not only my soul, but others’?

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

O Lord, discipline me to turn away what does not feed my Spirit. May my every pang be for You, and my satisfaction in You, to the praise of Your marvelous sufficiency.

 

 

One thought on “That Which is not Bread”

  1. I use these verses in my artist statement. I was born as a crow..now soar like an eagle..Gerry Crow Roeder Claimed the “Heals diseases” with breast cancer 7 years out. Now claiming for friend who is heading for the Moffit center. Prayers for Maureen

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