An Inconceivable Invitation
The invitation of Isaiah 55 was not solely for those mentioned in verses 1-2: the thirsty, the hungry, and those with discerning spiritual palettes. No, this invitation was for EVERYONE! It was for the folks that I did not consider… those I didn’t imagine would be included. And while I read it and said it, I still missed it. Why? Because of my own near-sightedness, limited perspective… my own blind spot concerning who was “deemed worthy” of God’s blessings. Simply put, I failed to see the call of God through God’s eyes. But it was through further meditation on verses 6-8, along with the balance of the chapter, that I was made to develop more of a God-view. I was reminded of God’s love expressed in John 3:16-17:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Given this greater purpose… this all-encompassing vision of God and the abundant love God has for his entire creation, is there any wonder that the Lord would reach out to all those created in God’s image and likeness, no matter how marred… no matter how misshapen that image might be?
Let Us Pray
Lord God, thank you for loving us when we have been unlovable. Thank you for finding worth in us when others may have counted us out. And Lord, thank you for yet having love for and seeing value in others that we may have counted out. Thank you, Lord, for your boundless love and inconceivable invitation to covenant with us… all.