Taken literally, today’s devotional reading starts out more like a food column than scripture. Indeed, wouldn’t it be great if we could indulge in good food and drink without regard to wealth or poverty.
But hold on: the next verses explain that the “water” and the “rich food” are not material, but rather the covenant with God, and God’s steadfast love for his people. In the Gospel of John, Jesus promises the outcast Samaritan woman at the well “a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” and declares, “I am the bread of life”. Here in the Old Testament Isaiah declares the gospel: the gifts of God are not purchased with the “money” of our good deeds, but are given freely “without money and without price.”
God calls us to be his witnesses and to call all nations – even those “others” we do not know – “and they shall run to you…for he has glorified you”.
As the hymn “Let us Go Now to the Banquet” says: God invites all the poor and hungry to the banquet of justice and good, where the harvest will not be hoarded so that no one will lack for food.
Let us pray. Come Lord Jesus, be our guest; Let these gifts to us be blest.
Blessed be God, who is our bread; May all the world be clothed and fed. Amen.