What is your reaction when your phone rings? Do you answer it? Do you first look to see who is calling? How do you react when someone is calling out to you in a store? What if you don’t remember who the person is who is calling you?
Many of us have caller ID on our phones today. This is especially true of our smartphones. Phone producers are updating the software to better identify scam calls, so we know not to answer the phone. They also use our contacts list to identify who is calling, which is helpful if we are waiting for a specific person to call.
We prefer to skip those scam calls. We don’t want to hear about an extended car warranty. We have learned about multiple scams ranging from taxes to law enforcement to insurance. The scammers use common services we would typically be interested in to trick us into giving personal information that allows them to steal our money. We do our best to stay abreast of the schemes so we can protect ourselves.
Unfortunately, we often miss a very important call. God is calling us as well. He has been calling humanity to Him for thousands of years. His calling did not start with Jesus. As we see in today’s passage, God was calling humanity long before Christ came to this earth.
Why do we miss His call? It is a call to our spirit, one that we don’t always listen for. It is not a physical phone that rings, but a longing within our soul to fill a void. Rather than answering God’s call to fill us, we hear and fall for the scams of the world. We hear the messages stating we deserve this or that, and we give them a try, only to be disappointed. We hear the messages attempting to sell us products that will fill our need, and we end up disappointed.
Why not answer the call of God? He is the only One who can truly fill the void within us. He will feed us. He will give us water that never ends. His blessing comes at no monetary cost to us. In fact, if we follow Him as He desires, we find we actually save money due to no longer chasing after those scam products that don’t really satisfy. God’s call is the one call we should answer.
I pray we all answer God’s calling. I pray we accept Him filling the void within us. I pray each of us forgo the scams of the world and answer the genuine call. Answer God’s call. Deny the scams of the world. Be filled by God. Feed your spirit. Drink from the endless fountain.
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.”