God looks at our lives from an eternal perspective, and invites us to answer challenging questions about what is truly meaningful in our lives. “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy?”
They’re good questions. Why, asks God, do we devote such a lot of our time and attention and commitment to things that don’t last, things that we know will wear out and leave us empty-handed? Why do we busy ourselves with activities that fill our time to overflowing but can never meet our deepest needs or give us a sense of fulfilling what we were designed for?
God makes us a much better offer: “Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare…” God knows what will truly satisfy us, the things that will quench our deep inner thirst.
Whether we acknowledge it or not, everyone of us has a thirst that can only be quenched by God in the person of Jesus Christ. On the first Easter Day, the disciples, the women, the travellers to Emmaus, all came face to face with the risen Christ, the One who offers us living water. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.”
That is God’s call to us: come and drink at the spring of the water of life, which is His Son, Jesus Christ.