“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55:2-3)
Do you hear God’s tone of voice, His passion, coming through the text? He wants our souls to eat what is good, to experience delight, to live. That is because He created our souls with the need to be loved and with the need to then express that love to others. In the same way our bodies need food, water and rest in order to live, our souls need to be fed with love in order to be able to love as we have been loved. And as we go forth and love others, we experience full and complete joy.
It’s amazing that God would use this analogy, this metaphor of “food” to talk about love. Just as we eat food and drink water from the day we are born until the day we die without ever maturing out of them, we never mature out of our need to be loved and love others. Even though we were in fact created for it, we still have to replenish this love often, just like we have to replenish our nourishment from food and water.
Now here is something really amazing about our need for food and love. It is not just the fact that God created us with a need for food, but that God made satisfying that need—eating and drinking—really pleasurable! Think about it. When we were in our mother’s womb, we were fed from a placenta. What if God designed us in such a way that instead of the umbilical cord being cut at our navel, it was cut at the placenta and simply retracted? So when we needed food and water we simply pulled it out and plugged it in to a food and water source, ate and drank as much as we wanted and then retracted it and that was that. How boring!
Instead, God designed us to satisfy our hunger and thirst through taste, through eating and drinking and the variety of pleasurable ways to experience all of that. Likewise, he designed our souls to experience love in multiple ways besides plugging in, as it were, our spiritual umbilical cords and having the Father just pour love into our hearts. We were designed to experience love through all kinds of words and actions. And when we experience love through these ways, it touches our souls and our souls then “delight as in the richest of fare.” Or as David said, our souls are satisfied “as with the richest of foods.”
So now the question is: How do we experience the Father’s love through words which are not just information, but instead are a kind of succulent food designed to deeply touch our hearts causing us to really believe how much He loves us?
I think the Lord answered that question in the Isaiah text above. He said “Listen. Listen to me.” Notice here, God is speaking in the first person directly to us through Isaiah. And He is saying that when we listen we eat what is good. In other words, listening is how we experience his love. We have created a number of ways for you to listen to the Lord speak his love for you, including Scripture Videos, personalized Love Verses, and Podcasts. Please take some time, even if you just take a “taste” each day, to be fed “with the richest of foods.”