Monday, September 23, 2013

The Banquet (reprise)

The Banquet

 You enter a banquet hall; before you is a long, beautifully carved wooden table set with fine china, crystal goblets, polished silverware, and linen napkins.  You may eat whatever you desire.  Perhaps your first choice is a juicy steak, cooked to perfection.  With it you may desire a baked potato, loaded with butter and sour cream, and topped with bacon and green onion.  A tossed salad, chock full of your vegetables and topped with your favorite dressing, rounds out the meal.  Perhaps instead of steak, you prefer a different dish?  A crispy taco, filled with flavorful meat, shredded lettuce, tomato, and two kinds of cheese.  Guacamole, chips, and salsa come with the dinner. Whatever your favorite meal, you may eat to your heart’s content.  Next, of course, is dessert.  Would you care for a chewy brownie, topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and hot fudge?  Or perhaps a bowl of juicy, ripe red strawberries with a dollop of whipped cream?
Would the opportunity to eat your fill of your favorite dishes make you glad?    Just looking at this food and inhaling its wonderful aromas would make most of us quite happy.  Unfortunately for our waistlines and our pocketbooks, we cannot indulge in a feast like this, at least not very often.

It is easy to imagine joy in a feast of delicious food, but “joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16) from eating God’s word?  Do we desire the word of God as much as we desire delicious food?  Is reading God’s word something we eagerly anticipate?  Probably not, but this is a feast in which we can indulge.  We need not fear gaining weight and depleting our wealth; we only fear gaining knowledge of God’s wisdom and love and depleting our sinfulness.

Oh God, creator of the entire universe, I desire delicious food more than I desire Your word.  How infrequently I desire Your words as a sumptuous banquet for my soul.  Forgive me.  Change my heart, O God.  Create in me a create in me a hunger to feast at the banquet of Your word.

Jeremiah 15:16 (NKJ) “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;  for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”





  1. Amen!
    That verse is in my memory card box. I must dig it out and review it. Thank you for the reminder, especially timely as I have 5 pounds to lose to break even for the year. :) You linked up ahead of me at Playdates today. I'm glad I stopped by. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus.

    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by. Good luck with that last five pounds. I'll be sure to check out your blog.

  2. I have to admit you're making me awfully hungry! I can smell the steak and taste the dessert. I want to have that same longing for God's Word too. Lord, have mercy.

    1. Hopefully I didn't trigger a craving--unless it was for the Word. :-)