God’s bounty

Did you know that almost every culture has a flood story? Noah’s big adventure has been recorded as legend around the world. God remembers this time very clearly as well. It is one of the clearest examples of how He keeps His promises.

“’This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you.

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord , who has compassion on you.”

Isaiah 54:9-10 ESV http://bible.com/59/isa.54.10.ESV

There has not been another worldwide flood, and yet spiritually we have not yet seen the extent of God’s outpouring of love. In John 4, Jesus compared this spiritual life to water…one that united this physical earth with eternity. So in a way, the earth will be filled with water again. Isaiah 54 even incorporates the beautiful imagery also seen in Revelation of God’s final plan of redemption.

“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.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not 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; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.”

Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV http://bible.com/59/isa.55.1-3.ESV

Isaiah 55 continues in the imagery of God’s plentiful satisfaction available. What’s the catch? No catch. No taxes or hidden fees.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:1-3, 8-9 ESV

http://bible.com/59/isa.55.1-9.ESV

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:1-3, 10-11 ESV http://bible.com/59/isa.55.1-11.ESV

Right after the harvest is done for the year, this is a beautiful picture of God’s provision in the world. Thank You, God. Amen.

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