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“All you who are thirsty come to the waters, and you, who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes come, buy milk and wine without money and without price.” Who is invited here? Not the satisfied or rich but the thirsty ones, and that is precisely your soul. It is thirsty. To what is it invited? to fill its want; to share in and enjoy the milk and wine of God’s abundant and rich grace. He does not sell his grace, he grants it as a gift for nothing. After all, he gives his bread to the hungry. That is what a righteous person does, and that is, in the first place, what the Lord God does.
Do you not desire to reach out for that? Is this not the only thing that you seek? And how could you achieve that if you needed money or good works for it–efforts that first had to please God and on account of which He would then grant His grace? If that were so, then you would never share in His grace because you possess nothing. But just at that point when you say, “I do not have any money” then comes the loving invitation: “You who have no money, come, but without money and without price.” And in the next verse those are actually punished who “weigh out money for that which is not bread, and their labour for that which does not satisfy.” In John 7:37, we read, “And on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” So, as you notice, Jesus especially desires the thirsty souls and his promises his grace to them. In Jeremiah 50:4-5 we read, ‘In those days and in that time,” says the Lord “the children of Israel will come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping. They will go and seek the Lord their God. They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and be added to the Lord in an eternal covenant that will not be forgotten.”
—Johannes Hoornbeeck from “Spiritual Desertion”
Blog owners note: For those who are thirsty yet struggle with the battle of spiritual terrors, spiritual desertion or general lack of assurance, a battle I fight myself daily, so am all too familiar with it, remember that Scripture teaches that God takes the heart felt desire for the deed. So a heart felt desire and hungering and thirsting after righteousness, has already led to acceptance with God even if you don’t feel that is true. In Matthew 5 in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says “Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” His words show that folk with that hunger are already blessed. He does not say they will be blessed or might be blessed. But Blessed are. Neither does He say, the self-righteous will be filled. It is people who go to God empty I believe with nothing of their own who face this battle with doubts and fears. And those are the very hearts, that God desires.