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.
(NIV)

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.
(NKJV)

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.
(GNV)

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.
(YLT)

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.

How about sharing a comment?

~*~

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I’ll be back again next Wednesday.

Best regards,
Roger

 

About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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