A celebrated tradition in Messianic Jewish culture is gathering around the table and breaking bread with family, friends and even strangers. This weekly rhythm of Shabbat dinner provides both structure and comfort to stop all customary work, take a deep breath and enter into the LORD’s rest. Shabbat is an inheritance to remember the LORD’s creation and receive His peace. Every week Believers have an open invitation to come, sit at the table and feast on the Good News of Messiah that compels us to hope for His return.
Isaiah reminds us that his greatest hope for Israel was that they would repent and turn to faithfully worship the LORD. He longed to see the New Jerusalem where the LORD’s kingdom would be restored through the future Messiah who would then bring all nations together in peace. He warned Israel that those who thirst and depended on their own strength to earn righteousness would never find rest, they would never be satisfied.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters…”- Isaiah 55:1 NIV
Each of us have a canyon of needs and longings, yet there is great comfort and hope in the LORD’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Those who recognize their thirst, their need for forgiveness and salvation, are invited to drink from living waters – waters purchased by the atoning sacrifice of the Messiah.
The work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.- Isaiah 32:17 NASB
The cost of this offering is too high a thing for most of us to grasp but we are not helpless nor hopeless. We have choices every day to part with sin and recognize our need for Him to fill our hearts with a hope that can be only satisfied in Him. We each long for deep peace that brings rest to our souls. Before we can receive salvation, we must see our need for it.
Remember, it’s the LORD’s supernatural work of righteousness alone that brings true peace – freedom from the guilt and weight of sin.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.- Isaiah 55:7 NASB
When is the last time you stopped and took a deep breath? Try this centering prayer: As you inhale say, ‘Abba’ and upon exhaling say, ‘I belong to you’. Repeat as needed and enter into His rest.
Are there areas in your life that need living waters? Share those longing and needs in prayer as you reflect now.
What is the role of repentance in your life? How might repentance help you receive greater peace and hope from the LORD today?