Anyone thirsty? Anyone want a drink? That was the cry of Isaiah’s prophetic voice as He called to the people in Isaiah chapter 55. In the book of Isaiah, chapters 40-55, you have a stunning prophetic picture as Isaiah is speaking 150 years into the future to the returning exiles from the land of Babylon. Concluding the section in chapter 55, the Lord offers two invitations to an exiled people. He is saying, “Come!” The first invitation is for God’s people to come to the Lord and participate in the government of God in Jerusalem (Is 55:1-5). The second summons was an open invite to seek the Lord, drawing near to him in repentance, thereby finding forgiveness (Is 55:6-7). So, when God issues an invitation asking us to draw near to him, it is best to do so now instead of later. His invitation is always open for us to align ourselves with his plans and purposes that he is accomplishing in the earth. God’s promise is sure and his word will certainly be fulfilled (Is 55:8-9, 10-13). The real question is: will we readily submit to him and his ways?
In our day, in our microwave prepared society, we have become accustomed to the immediate. . We have been conditioned for the instantaneous, thereby breeding desire and expectation for an instant God. I believe our response, in light of Biblical history is to expect God in process and be surprised by the instantaneous. For example, consider the numerous examples with Israel (430 years in captivity to Egypt, 40 years in the wilderness, 150 years in captivity to Babylon) one must be convinced that God chooses to work in process by responsive cooperation.
Yet, despite our resistance to Him, and our failings, God’s invitation is forever the same; “COME!” When You come to God, you are submitting your life to the God of divine process; one who will do whatever is necessary to fulfill his sovereign redemptive purposes in the earth even when we disobey. Moving from the book of Isaiah to the gospel of John, the invitation once issued to Israel is proclaimed again. This time, though the announcement comes via the mouth of the Messiah, Jesus. He emphatically says to Israel, and to those far away, “COME!” (John 7:37-38). Finally, in the book of Revelation, it is as if the call that the apostle John had heard was still ringing in his heart of hearts. For, the book concludes by saying:
“It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life” (Rev 21:6).
“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge” (Rev 22:17).
Will you come today and yield your life to the God of divine process? Will you surrender your expectation of the instantaneous and submit under the intricate but not-so-immediate work of God in your life? For if you choose to come to the Lord in such a way, you will not be disappointed.