Come

Today's devotion from Isaiah 55-57. A recurring theme through today's reading is the certainty of invitation. That is, God invites people into His presence. He says, "Come." As I thought about the invitation of the Lord, I saw that He extended this invitation in a variety of ways.

In chapter 55, God warmly invites, "everyone who is thirsty." This is without exception as the verses that follow reveal that it is for those who are hungry, those who are hurting, those who are poor, and those who have nothing to offer in return. To these, God issues an invitation to enter into a covenant. However, it is this covenant that may pose the problem. It is a covenant offered, "on the basis of the faithful kindnesses of David." (Isaiah 55:3, CSB) What are those of us to do who are not of the lineage of David?

In chapter 56, God reassures, "No foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD should say, 'the LORD will exclude me from his people.'" (Isaiah 56:3, CSB) Even though we are not of David, we will be included. God promises, "I will give them, in my house and within my walls, a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters. I will give each of them a name that will never be cut off." (Isaiah 56:5, CSB)

In chapter 57, God challenges, "But come here, you witch's sons, offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute!" (Isaiah 57:3, CSB) For those who refuse His lovingkindness, for those who reject his grace and mercy, there is a different sort of invitation. It is the invitation of one who has worshipped false gods to see the power of the One True God. It is an invitation to be consumed by wrath. It is an invitation to judgment.

There is no exception to God's invitation. All will come before Him in one way or another. Paul writes, " For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God." (Romans 14:11, CSB) It is up to us as to the manner of invitation we accept, but every one will answer the command when the King says, "Come!"