"Come, buy and eat!" This is Isaiah's invitation and God's invitation in today's first reading. And the implication is that there's no waiting to receive the blessing of the Lord. Come and be satisfied. Now!
We all know about waiting. If you live in New York, studies show that you're waiting in a grocery checkout line way too long! Think about how long you wait. Think about how many text messages you could tap out, how many pages on your Kindle you could read, how many games you could play on your iPhone.
But there's no waiting when you work out on your Isaiah budget; no waiting when you accept God's invitation.
As you look at your budget of time today, does it reflect the priorities of God's kingdom, or are you spending your money and labor on things that do not satisfy? Like the people of the exile, we must not fail to take a lesson from a crisis. May we all organize our spiritual and economic lives around the priority, purpose and provision of God!
"Eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food."