“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy. . .
[God says to us] ‘You must be strong with my strength and blessed with my blessedness, for I have no other to give you.’ That is the conclusion of the whole matter. God gives what He has, no what He has not: He gives the happiness that there is, not the happiness that is not. To be God—to be like God and to share His goodness in creaturely response—to be miserable—these are the only three alternatives. If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows—the only food that any possible universe ever can grow—then we must starve eternally.”
C. S. Lewis, “The Problem of Pain,” The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics, 578.
Read: Isaiah 55
Do you feel empty? In a time of exile, when if anything people feel farther away from God, God reminds them that he still makes himself available. We spend our resources on so many things that don’t bring us any more life. God is offering full satisfaction of ultimate value that is given, not bought. His economy, his modus operandi, is fundamentally different (i.e. better) than ours. And just like at creation, what he speaks is what will happen. Bend your ear to God. Come to him. “Listen, that you may live.”
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”