“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.”
In God’s perfect plan of salvation, everyone (“each one in his own order,” 1 Corinthians 15:23) will receive the call to quench his or her thirst with the living waters. God wants to provide us with the spiritual food and drink that will eternally satisfy us, and He promises the world times of refreshing.
Jesus Christ echoed this call in John 7:37-38: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Waters, in the plural, conveys abundance; and beyond that God offers wine and milk to cheer and nourish us. And He also offers this spiritual food and drink without price, for indeed it is priceless. Nothing we could do could buy the gifts of forgiveness, the Holy Spirit and eternal life. These are free gifts of God for which we can be eternally grateful.
Humanity is dying of spiritual thirst and starvation. Paradoxically, humans tend to ignore the priceless gifts of God and seek the tantalizing but expensive spiritual junk food of this world. False religious practices may sound good and “taste” good, but God says they are not good and they don’t really satisfy.
God wants us to hunger and thirst for His way of righteousness (Matthew 5:6), and the Bible says that “all Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172). Learn more about this in our section on “The 10 Commandments and God’s Way of Life.”