Why Spend Money on Food?

Why spend money on food
That does not satisfy?
Why buy groceries
That don’t even give you strength?
If you’re hungry inside
For something that will fill,
Come eat from
The Living Bread of God.
It’s free!

About This Song:
You might not recognize these lyrics as Scripture, but they are–as put in my own words, that is.

Isaiah 55:2 says,
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.

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.

Why spend money on what does not satisfy?
    Why spend your wages and still be hungry?
Listen to me and do what I say,
    and you will enjoy the best food of all.

Why do ye weigh money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which is not for satiety? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat good, And your soul doth delight itself in fatness.

Although Isaiah speaks specifically about food, his meaning goes far beyond that. He’s talking about the search for satisfaction.

Not everything people indulge in to seek satisfaction is bad in and of itself. Eating in moderation for fun, for example, is fine. But it’s not truly satisfying, and if we overeat in our quest for satisfaction, all we’ll get is fat.

So why do we spend money on food–or anything else–that doesn’t satisfy?

Instead, why not invest our time and resources in things that will satisfy us?  Feeding the poor, going on volunteer mission trips to spread God’s Good News, and helping fellow believers who’re going through a hard time are just three of the endless possibilities that come to mind.

The satisfaction gained by doing things like those is eternal. It allows us to store up treasures in heaven.

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I’ll be back again next Wednesday.

Best regards,



About Roger E. Bruner

Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to write Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church choir, church praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, web design, mission trips, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen. Roger’s young adult novels, Found in Translation and Lost in Dreams, came out in 2011. The Devil and Pastor Gus just came out, and he has eight unpublished manuscripts.
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