So many people today are simply looking for inner peace; however, it seems increasingly difficult to find it in our troubled, noisy and conflict-ridden world. We may desire peace for ourselves and for our families but instead we often feel tossed about in the storms of life.
At times, it seems that Yeshua must be asleep in our little boat. We are desperately hoping and praying that Yeshua will just wake up, stand up in the middle of the boat and shout SHEKET!! (QUIET!!) to the fierce winds and tsunami-sized waves that threaten to capsize us.
The peace we are longing for is not so much a matter of circumstances, but inner peace in the midst of them. Yeshua promised us a peace that passes all understanding.
That means it is not the kind of peace that we have when no one is troubling us and everything is going our way. Quite the opposite.
Yeshua said in this world we will have trouble but that we can still be of good cheer, for He has overcome the world. The peace that Yeshua gives us is not like the world gives. It is a decision we make that no matter what others choose for themselves, we are going to hold onto our peace.
It is an issue of deliberate choices. We can choose obedience and blessing or disobedience and cursing.
No matter how people act, or what they say, or what choices they make, we can choose a path of peace. It is not always easy or without pain. We cannot always resolve our differences with other people who seem bent on causing strife.
But what we can do is take it to the Lord and leave it with Him, refusing to enter into strife, trusting God to resolve the situation in His perfect way and time.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)
God Speaks in our Love Language
In chapter 54 of Isaiah, God addresses Israel in the feminine and speaks in the first person masculine.
He speaks to His Beloved Bride in her “love language,” promising her beautiful gifts of jewels and precious stones, but also love, safety, physical well-being and protection. God asks nothing of Israel, but offers an everlasting covenant of unconditional love.
But in chapter 55, the language changes. In the Hebrew, we see a switch from addressing Israel collectively to individually. The grammar also changes from the feminine to the masculine. God speaks to each person individually through the Prophet Isaiah saying,
“Whoever is thirsty, come for water; and he that has no money; come buy and eat; Yes, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1)
It is only the things of the Spirit that can truly satisfy the deepest longings of our soul, and the prophet beckons the people to come to God and buy three things: water, wine, and milk.
Water represents life. It is a drink that literally descends from heaven.
We can live for some time without food, but water is the most essential compound for life. Yeshua said to the Samaritan woman at the well that if we would drink of the water that He offers, then we would never thirst again spiritually.
“Yeshua answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13–14)
This was not the only time He proclaimed that He was the answer to the thirsty soul.
On the last day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), Yeshua stood up and said in a loud voice,
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.” (John 7:37–39)
Milk is also a gift from God that nourishes life. It is a sign of God’s blessing as well as prosperity and abundance (Ezekiel 25:4; Joel 3:18), as found in the Promised Land that “flows with milk and honey.”
Although wine today is less essential to life than water or milk, in the ancient Near East, where water was scarce, it was a necessity. Like water and milk, in the Bible it symbolizes life and sustenance, and it is linked to community and the covenant blessings that come from obedience.
Just after calling all who are spiritually thirsty, all who thirst for God, this Haftarah passage ends with the promise of an everlasting covenant through the Messiah, who is David’s descendant:
“I will make an everlasting covenant with you, My faithful love promised to David. See, I have made Him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.” (Isaiah 55:3–4)
This Haftarah passage reveals that in the Last Days, the Nation of Israel will blossom spiritually, quenching its thirst in the True Source of its life, and the nations will be drawn, as well, and “come running.”