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 (Isaiah 55:1). In this short verse we find the loving and compassionate heart of God. The invitation is plain and clear, He desires that His people come to Him and experience the free gift of grace.  God knows our pain.  He knows our sin.  He knows that we don't, nor will we ever have it all together.  So He invites us to enjoy the gift of His grace.  It's as if He were saying to us, "Why are you waiting around? Get up and come here! I know that you're longing for more in life. I know that you're spiritually hungry and thirsty and I have taken care of all of your needs." That's grace and that grace is found in a moment by moment relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink" (John 7:37). Nothing in life apart from Him can satisfy our deepest longings, can redeem our broken lives and can quench our thirsty hearts.  Jesus alone satisfies... Come everyone who thirsts, come to the waters...

The struggle for many of us isn't knowing that grace is found in Jesus, but actually experiencing and enjoying that free and unmerited gift of grace.  God isn't asking us to join another Bible study, to pray longer, to clean ourselves up before we converse with Him, no, His call is simple, "Come..." The simplicity of God's call reveals His affectionate heart for us.  There is hope, not in what we've done or will do, but because He truly does love us. The question we're faced with everyday is, will we accept this grace and this love?  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live... (Isaiah 55:2-3).

Why are we so quick to deny His love and grace? Why do we run to those things in life that will never truly satisfy? Without hesitation we sprint to the idols that beg us to "come," yet the satisfaction they bring is fleeting and shame and guilt become the end result. No grace, no hope, and no love, yet God remains faithful and compassionate and He calls to us, "Come to me...that your soul may live..."  Jesus Christ gives us all that we will ever need, He alone satisfies and He alone gives us an abundant (John 10:10) life both now and for eternity. Our daily surrender to Jesus means that we can experience and delight in the rich food of His love and grace. That is what our hearts, minds, and souls long for and there is nothing better than enjoying this gift!  God is calling us, "Come to me."  Go!  Don't hesitate!  Be satisfied in Him! 

Darren DePaul is the Executive Pastor at CITYLIGHTS.  You can read more on his website: