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. (Isa. 55:1)

OUR LOCAL RESCUE MISSION hosts seasonal public meals for homeless and at-risk people. The events include the opportunity for each guest to receive clothing and hygiene items. The two most difficult things for new guests to understand is that, first, the mission knows they have needs; and second, that there is plenty on hand. The new guests are the ones who jostle for a better place in line. They hold everyone else in suspicion—until they understand they’re about to receive more at no charge than they thought possible thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.

It’s the same attitude many of us hold toward God. We sometimes act as though God doesn’t really know our needs. Then we think He’ll run out of what we need before we get to the front of the line. But consider that God’s invitation begins at our points of need. He invites us because we’re thirsty. He knows we’re not able to pay for His provision. Yet He welcomes us to have our fill!

Even better, He’s covered the cost through Christ Jesus. We may not understand it—after all, His ways and thoughts are higher than ours—but we can certainly benefit from His generous offer. There’s no price to pay, and no need for suspicion that God is waiting to revoke the offer. We simply need to show up and partake.

Trust God to provide for one thing you’ve been worrying about today.

Annie Wamberg enjoys being creative and hosting friends and family for any reason. She and her husband Steve have two grown children who are launching families of their own.