Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.
I love to eat! I enjoy eating snacks like granola bars and nibbling on chocolate chip cookies. But what I have learned over the years is that there is a drastic difference between eating and feasting.
What do you think of when you hear the word feast? I usually associate this word with a hearty Thanksgiving meal where everyone stuffs their stomachs and loosens a few belt notches. But I have discovered that a true feast is much more than a single day of overindulgence. A true feast is not gluttony. It is a lavish banquet, elegant and magnificent.
It is a table of great joy and delight. It is an occasion of splendid celebration with the richest of foods. Have you been to such an exquisite event? Perhaps you have attended a very high class banquet with the highest quality table linens, silverware and menu choices. You wouldn’t dare show up to such a fine gathering with a t-shirt and sweatpants. Your clothing would reflect the elegance of the atmosphere.
Those who have clothed themselves with the beautiful garments of Christ are invited to an eternal feast—to the greatest banquet imaginable. Our human, finite minds cannot even begin to comprehend the glorious delight that awaits us.
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready…‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’”Revelation 19:6-7; 9
Until that great day, we can daily put on the garments of God’s glory and feast on the delicacies of his Word. The garments of this world leave us famished and unfulfilled. The garments of Christ leave us full, content, and satisfied in him.
The garments of our old, sinful selves was a heavy yoke of oppression; but the hearts of those who hope in the Lord have a continual feast (Prov 15:15). We as his royal daughters are invited to partake of the table of God’s bountiful abundance. His house is overflowing with the choice foods of joy, peace, love, grace, forgiveness, acceptance…the feast goes on and on!
What foods are you in need of today? Put on your elaborate garments of splendor, and take a seat at the table of your gracious King. Take in his mercy and compassion. Drink deeply from his reservoir of love. May your heart forever feast of the abundance of our great God.
They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.Psalm 36:8
Here is a prayer printable that I have posted in my kitchen as a way to remind myself that each time I sit and share a meal with my family, we are invited to feast at the table of God.
This post was originally part of a link-up on my friend Kate’s blog called Five Minute Friday.