Free is an untrusted word. Nothing is free, they say. There is always a catch, right?
God calls you to come buy true sustenance of Him. If there was a price, it would be more than you could pay, so God says, “He that hath no money; Come ye, buy, and eat” (Isaiah 55:1). Is this a cruel joke? Maybe you have thought, “Nothing is free and if it is, it is not worth much.” Not so with the gifts of God. His gifts are good; they are perfect. They are everlasting. When Jesus offered the Samaritan woman living water with which she would never thirst again, he was offering her heavenly dainties. However, to receive such a gift we must let go of our sinful buffet. God asks, “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” (Isaiah 55:2).
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, Call ye upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). The wicked must turn from their evil ways. If they desire the “sure mercies” and “abundant pardon,” they must rest in the ways of God. His ways are purer. God says, “Neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). There is not a minute similarity between the ways of man and the ways of God. The ways of man lead to destruction. The ways of God lead to life everlasting. God’s ways cannot even be compared to man’s.
God’s ways are higher. You can only see a short way ahead, yet the infinite scope of God gives him the advantage. He sees beyond your days and beyond eternity. He exists outside of time. God inhabits eternity and dwells in the high and holy place (Isaiah 57:15).
God’s ways are richer. The moment God’s ways and thoughts encounter the dry, barren soul of a sinner, a garden springs to life. His thoughts are surer. They will accomplish what He sets forth to do. His way is perfect.
So the ways of God are available to all that will put their trust in Him. His ways are free and pure and high and rich and sure.
As for God, his way is perfect; The word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in him. (2 Samuel 22:31)