“Without Cost, Yet Utterly Priceless” (Isaiah 55: 8 – 9) by Carley Evans

God tells us that His thoughts are not like ours; His ways are also not like ours. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours just as the heaven is higher than the earth.

God calls us to Himself, saying, “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 – 2) God Himself tells us that His water, His wine, His food, His milk is free — without cost, yet utterly priceless.

God desires to make “an everlasting covenant” with us. (Isaiah 55: 3) He wishes to show us compassion, pardon us abundantly, and glorify us. (Isaiah 55: 7, 5)

And, He promises that His Word — which proceeds from His own mouth — does not “return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I send it.” (Isaiah 55: 11)

The Word is made flesh, and dwells among us. The Word “makes a Name for the Lord” and is “an everlasting sign that is not cut off.” (Isaiah 55: 13) The Word asks us to “seek the Lord while He may be found; [to] call upon Him while He is near.” The Word calls us to “return to the Lord, that He may have compassion.” (Isaiah 55: 7)

“Come, buy without money and without price… what is good… that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55: 1, 2, 3)

“Come Out Of The Dark” (John 8: 12, ESV) by Carley Evans

Jesus tells us He is the bread of life and that as we believe in Him, so we will live eternally, raised up with and by Him on the last day. He also tells us that as we “follow [Him], [we] will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

“Come, follow Me,” Jesus says to His disciples. We believe and we follow.

In darkness, it’s hard to see. True, eventually, the eyes adjust and sight is easier. But what is seen is vague and the truth is not easily perceived. In light, all is visible. Everything is clear.

Life is hard enough as it is; why walk through it in the dark?