Isaiah 55:1-2 is one of my favorite passages. I love it because it is dripping with grace. We see grace when God reaches out to us. He does not ignore us or turn his back on us when we reject him, when we need help, when we fall short (of his expectations or of our own). No, he calls out to us and invites us to himself where we find everything we need. I so often need this reminder. I am thirsty, hungry, and tired. It’s easy for me to feel responsible for my thirst, hunger, and tiredness (and I probably am responsible to a large extent) regardless of whose fault it is, he invites me to his table anyway where he plans to feed me, quench my soul, and give me rest.
God calls to us:
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.”
-Isaiah 55:1-2 (NIV) emphasis mine
The God of the universe invites us to buy wine (a drink of celebration) and milk (a drink of sustenance) without money and without cost (grace). He invites us to get to know him as our source of joy and source of life through his revelation of himself in our lives and in Scripture . Wine and Milk is an invitation to dive deep into the study of theology to get to know God by learning who he is, who we are, and how wants to interact with the world around us.