With the shape things are in, what if God told us to stop what we're doing and begin approaching life, a whole other way? That's what we have in the 55th chapter of Isaiah. As opposed to the world economy, which is headed for collapse and destruction, herein we find for Israel outlined by the prophet, 'the Word economy' which deals with a spiritual appetite for constructing God's kingdom. Let's not be so stubborn to where all we focus on is having our own way. We must humble ourselves and listen to how God wants to construct our lives. For God has a plan for each of us if only we'll finally trust Him with everything.
Some think it's all about money. Therefore to make ends meet in the world economy, we work all the time. But is our labor bringing lasting satisfaction? Could there be another way to live? This we will explore.
1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
The world economy is consumer based on what people are investing in and spending money on. Whereas the Word economy is all about what God wants to accomplish and us realizing that's the only thing that matters. In the world economy, what people want may not be the best for them to invest in or to purchase. In the Word economy, God only makes what's good available for us.
In the world economy it's supply and demand, consumerism, and the power of money. IN THE WORD ECONOMY IT'S ALL ABOUT THE POWER AND SUPPLY OF GOD. To be motivated by the power of God is to not see money in such desperate terms, for God is your Supply. Money is just another resource God can use to extend and further your effectiveness. Yahweh God, your Father has everything you desire and need to build your life. It's just that our approach to life must change.
The last statement of this text is riveting: "for he (God) hath glorified thee." "You mean God wants to glorify us?!" That's what it says. Here's the Word economy in a nutshell: Trust God and it will result in us basking in His glory. God's glory is proof that someone has trusted God to construct their life. We will see the things that constitute fully trusting God and other things that accompany God glorifying us throughout the entire study. Therefore if we learn and apply the former, then the latter will easily become evident in our lives.
How many of us are really trusting God? God has an abundant life awaiting you. All it takes is a thirst and a hunger that has nothing to do with this world and everything to do with what He has in store for you:
1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
We can all relate to being thirsty and hungry... but buying without money?! God personally extends the invitation. We must come with plenty of appetite, but no money- to "buy...without money and without price." In other words, the Word economy is nothing like the world's economy.
To the carnal mind, thirst and hunger are essential to maintaining our physical existence. Most are only familiar with normal, bodily appetites. Yet God is inviting us to acquire another appetite, a hunger and thirst for more and better, than what we've had before; to drink from His waters and partake of His food. This of course makes no sense to one who refuses to be spiritually minded. It makes perfect sense, to one who has tried so hard to make it in this old world and realizes there has to be more, there has to be a better way.
THERE IS ONLY A NEED FOR US TO COME IF WE ARE THIRSTY AND HUNGRY FOR A GREATER AWARENESS OF HIM. When we arrive to the end of what we can do and are desperate to fill our empty soul, then we are thirsty and hungry for what He has to offer. Obviously, only He can fill the appetite He gives. If you do not have a thirst or appetite for what His economy produces, what He has here will not appeal to you. God is setting up something He will tell us later about Himself, concerning His ways and His thoughts. But for now His emphasis is on our appetite.
God created us to desire water, food, and other things to drink such as "wine and milk." But why would He tell us we can buy something, when we don't have any money? He invites those who are thirsty to come to the waters, and those who have no money to come buy what they need. In other words, God invites those who want Him to fill their desires and to be their Supply. THE ONY WAY FOR MAN'S DEEPEST DESIRES TO BE FULFILLED IS BY GOD.
Ultimately, no one can function without water and food. Though we are eternal spirits, we dwell in physical bodies; these are the things we cannot do without. God designed it this way, so we will learn to be thankful, above all else. For unthankfulness reflects that we have forgotten God all together. In God's economy you cannot be unthankful and be successful. If one does not appreciate the material blessings God has already provided, there is no need to suggest one can acquire what only a spriritual appetite can attain.
People say, "Money makes the world go around" but not in God's economy. In His economy, "he that hath no money" is the only one invited to "come ye, buy." Therefore there must be another mode of trade or currency in the Word economy. You can "buy, and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." In the world economy, everything, including food and drink, costs money and has a price. However such must not be the case in the Word economy. The mystery which surrounds this is mind-boggling.
THE BASIS OF THE WORD ECONOMY IS TRUST. When you come to God with this appetite, all it costs you to get what you want from Him is your trust. It takes trust to believe Someone when they tell you you can buy something, when you don't have any money. Oh God could just give it to us, but what good would that do if we don't trust Him? Unfortunately we have a lot harder time trusting God than we do spending money we don't have. Furthermore, if God gave us what we wanted without us giving Him our trust, we would not be thankful and would soon forget all about what He has done.
The only way any economy can be sound and effective is it must be trustworthy. God is offering to be our Supply. We show our interest by listening to Him and offering Him our trust. However, we are foolish if we think God is interested when all we do is worry and doubt. The world today is turned upside down because we have forgotten God and therefore, are not trusting Him to construct our lives.
God has certain requirements here which we do everything to avoid: thirst, hunger, and being broke. No one wants to be thirsty, hungry, or broke. Yet we are invited to "come" three times: come to the waters, come buy and eat, and come buy, wine and milk- but only if we are thirsty, hungry, and without money. This shows us God is not in business to make money, but to build our trust and to supply us with a satisfying life.
Has this old world chewed you up and spit you out? Are you tired of trying to do it your way? Are you thirsty, are you hungry, are you broke- then this invitation is for you! This is something we need to consider seriously.
Having an appetite for Him spiritually is just as easy as wanting a drink of water; it's all in recognizing the need. Coming to Him, asking for something without paying Him assures us that once we receive it, we now possess something that is priceless and we'll forever be grateful. So if you are thirsty, come and drink. If you are hungry, come and eat. And if you are without money, come and buy. This is how the Word economy works. Don't try to figure it out with your carnal mind.
There are some desires we have which no amount of money could bring to pass, or for which you could never work enough to earn the amount necessary to purchase it. In the Word economy however, receiving our desire is based on whether or not it will actually lead to our satisfaction:
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
God only wants for you "that which is good" and "that which satisfieth...your soul." What you desire must be good and satisfying for you and/or others. God never promised to give us something that's not good for us. Remember, He is the One Who knows what we have need of before we ask Him, and that will always be something good; He is the only One Who knows ahead of time. So a big part of this is making sure our desires are something that's for our good or there is no sense in asking.
Again, Yahweh wants us to experience satisfaction. God is not like parents who give their children things they don't really want or will get tired of. What God supplies are gifts that provide enjoyment and fullfillment while filling a need all at the same time. Our carnal appetite makes us think what this world can provide is so necessary. But once we buy it, we eventually see how superficial this world really is, once we are no longer satisfied with it. When God is our Supply, if we desire what is good, we will receive it and will indeed be satisfied.
When we really think about our lives in light of what the Scriptures say, if we then ask and recieve from Him what we desire, the satisfaction takes place deep within. There's nothing wrong with enjoying life. When you know you've received something from God, it brings fulfillment from within because you know God alone supplied it. What God supplies reaches the soul, constructing lasting results in your life.
To "hearken diligently" means to listen carefully and pay attention to how we are to trust and obey Him. In the Word economy we listen more carefully to God's Word then we ever did before. WHAT FOOD AND WATER ARE TO THE BODY, GOD'S WORD IS TO THE SOUL. Our soul holds our deepest thoughts and must be filled with truth to construct our ability to trust Him. The result of receiving God's Word into our soul is an appetite for the life He wants us to have. For the Word economy consists of spiritual transactions between us and God in the very depths of our being:
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
So this invitation requires a bit of soul searching; with God's Word doing the searching! Essentially He is informing us that if we are not a part of His Word economy, we are wasting our time in this life. If we are spending our lives as Israelites with no real appetite for Him, there will be no real satisfaction. According to God, outside of the Word economy, we'll never get our money's worth, and we'll never be paid enough for our labor; there will always be something missing. Our people must find this out in this life.
We may assume there is no other choice but no one more than God wants you to have a fulfilling life. We must labor and be responsible, but He also wants us to relax and enjoy life as well. The world economy provides two choices: serve God and barely get by or compromise by working all the time, and hope you survive to enjoy a little of it one day. Most of us literally work ourselves to death and end up with little in comparison to show for it. This is the plight of the white man in America today. But our loving Father is showing us if we'll trust Him it doesn't have to be that way.
The white race has always been the backbone of the world economy. The best we can hope for is a few years at the end to enjoy life, that is, for those who 'make it.' For the rest, we wind up with poor health, substance abuse problems, broken relationships, and/or financial ruin. We accept this 'way of life' by saying things like, "We must play the hand God has dealt us" or "This must be what we deserve" when in the Word economy we hear God's invitation to come to Him and find a life of supply and satisfaction. How do we approach such a change of life?:
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
We must absorb God's Word deep within as a thirsty man drinks water, as a starving man devours food. "Incline your ear, and...hear"- God requires a deliberate effort to be made by the Israelite to digest what He is saying. He wants us to live from the inside out, satisfying our spiritual appetite by placing our deepest trust in Him. Those who do so, "your soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you." The greater your appetite, the greater your awareness of Him will become, and the deeper your relationship with God will be.
No one wants to listen when they've got it all figured out. But when you're tired of failing in this old world, you are finally ready to listen. So the depth of your new hunger and thirst are revealed by inclining your ear to hear, actually listening with your soul. God wants that close, intimate relationship with each of His children, but we have to be willing to listen and take it down as deeply as we are able.
If you will listen to God and dedicate your all to Him, you can join the Word economy and really live. To unlock "the sure mercies of David" in your life, to have God's leading and protection, extends us the opportunity to be successful by doing just one thing- TRUSTING GOD. Respond as David did to God's call- give him all of your heart.
We need to follow the leadership provided by God and oh how we need good leaders. One who listens to and obeys God can become a great leader. Yet we cannot know how to lead others in a Godly fashion if you first do not learn to follow God. Though David wasn't perfect, he is a prime example of a great leader who followed God closely, being described as "a man after God's own heart" in the Scriptures. God used him in a mighty way, but David chose to enter the Word economy with a thirst and hunger from deep down in his soul.
This could even be a call to leadership for you. Yahweh needs strong, spiritually-minded individuals who are faithful. Everyone knew David represented Yahweh and God needs people like that today. This is a call to shepherd leadership, not worldly rulership. God gives us these kind of people in every generation, it's just that our people are now so fixed on doing everything in the world economy- corporately and institutionally, they eventually get swallowed up in the 'rat race.'
It's one thing to lift up yourself, rising up thru the ranks and quite another for God to lift someone up who's been faithful from humble beginnings, like He did the young shepherd David. If you have an appetite for construction, there are people God wants you to influence and lead to Him. There are other Israelites who are waiting for someone like you to come to them with the truth:
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
The Word economy is all about constructing white lives and a future for our children. God provides the only foundation thru the Gospel of Christ. The foundation is layed when one accepts the Gospel of how Christ died and was raised for Israel. This begins the construction and we must have an appetite do our part in the process.
He says, "Behold" or place your full attention on what success you can have if you will listen to God. What is your attention on: what you're not or what you want to be; what you don't have or what can be yours? Stop looking at what you've failed to accomplish and recognize that there are people who need you, people who want to meet their God thru you. All it takes is a change of appetites; to want to live your life on a far greater level than ever before.
As Israelites today we are all part of particular nations, which of course started off as white nations. God wants us to reach as many of our brethren as we can no matter where they are. One of the positives about the internet, is the opportunity it provides to reach our brethren in any and every nation they dwell in, throughout the world. Therefore we see the surplus of the Word economy comes thru helping to raise up more white brethren. As our hunger and thirst for God becomes satisfied, we cannot help but share it with our lost brethren. For the goal of the Word economy is to not just keep giving consumers what they want (whether it's good for them or not), but to provide what our people need, from the Supply that will never run out- that's the Word economy!
We know who these nations are today and how they "run unto" us. These are the dispersed Israelite nations whom God promised would come from the loins of Abraham. The way they will run unto us is in reconciliation to God thru our preaching of Christ.
One of the principle dividends of the Word economy is this: seeing fellow Israelites come to the truth who once did not know it. This is what determines our desires in the first place. If you hunger and thirst to see your people come to Christ, then you recognize how money cannot buy what Christ has already purchased with His blood.
As a result, not only will Yahweh be glorified, but it says He will glorify you- "for he hath glorified thee." When God has glorified you that means He has lifted you up and blessed you Himself. You are working directly under Him, He is your Supply, and He has rewarded you abundantly for your faithfulness to Him. All this requires of us is the appetite.
The Word economy is free, but it isn't cheap. In our next lesson, we'll explore exactly what the Word economy involves. We'll come to recognize that God doesn't want us to allow our carnal thinking to determine what we believe, but our knowledge of the truth of God to control our thoughts.
When we get sick on a certain food, it changes our appetite. When we get sick of this world, it will change our appetite as well. Here God is offering you something 'sweeter', something higher, but it requires your full attention and trust. Once your appetite changes, only God will satisfy.
Do you have an appetite to construct your people's future thru spreading the Gospel? Or will you stick with the world economy that is headed for destruction? God help us all to make the wisest investment.