Isaiah 55 is a rich section of scripture with an immense amount of value for us as believers. We have looked at the willingness of God to bless us richly and abundantly in the Spirit to fulfill our spiritual needs, but it is also beneficial to look at how God intends to bless us materially.

Don’t be fooled; there are people who say God wants you rich. This is not the case. God does want you to have every need met and be comforted in your body, however. He takes no delight in suffering of any kind. He delights instead on providing and making people whole.

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.

God wants to bless you out of His abundance, not because of a transaction we conduct with him. This is a strange concept to us if we hold onto a worldly perspective of scarce resources. God has provided for us. We have enough. We have nothing he needs and he does not want repaid.

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.

This requires a higher level of understanding; God has created enough to provide for his creation and he will not be stopped in that pursuit. We can count on that. He has purposed us to do the work of supporting and tending his creation, making that gift of abundance work for one another. Not just in Spiritual matters, but in everything. God sends forth what he creates to be plentiful and provide for us, especially those in need, to “buy without money and without price.”

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.

If God has planned for plenty, how can we then return to scarcity?

Ethan Kirl

Originally Published March 3, 2021