Week beginning: 12th January, 2014
By Tom Cordrey | London
"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."Isaiah 55:1 (NIV)
You may have noticed the annual explosion of advertisements for weight-loss plans, health foods and exercise paraphernalia over the past week or so. Perhaps you have made food and drink related New Year resolutions - have you joined a gym or committed to a dry January?
In Isaiah 55 we have a Biblical mandate not to abstain but to indulge - to indulge not in physical food or drink but in the spiritual fulfilment that comes from a relationship with the living God.
700 years after Isaiah wrote these words Jesus echoed the invitation when he said "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
(John 4:13-14 (NIV)).
Whatever lifestyle or dietary resolutions you have made this year, resolve to renew your acceptance of Jesus' offer of living water by placing your hope in him for 2014. After all, as Isaiah says in a message which offers a challenge to all of us in the legal profession "Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy?"
1. Thank God for the offer he has made you in Isaiah 55 and John 4.
2. Ask for help to ensure that you spend 2014 focused on Jesus Christ, not on your career in the law or anything else which "does not satisfy".