"Come eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed." Proverbs 9:5
There is a feast that God is wanting to serve to us every day. It is a feast that the Holy Spirit has prepared for us and one we are daily invited to partake. The question that honestly needs to be answered is whether we are going to sit at God's table each day and enjoy it?
The invitation is very clear and pointed in this passage. Come eat of my food. It is interesting to read of how often God prepares a table for us in Scripture. In Psalm 23 He prepares it in the presence of our enemies. In the gospel Jesus speaks of how He will come and dine with us and invites us to dine with Him. The Old Testament feasts were times when the Lord had Israel come to worship - yet this was centered around a time of feasting with one another from the bounty of the very sacrifices He had them bring. Finally we read that in heaven we are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Here in Proverbs the Lord is telling us that when we need His wisdom the most in our lives the Spirit of God has a feast of it awaiting those who will seek it. To often our problem is thy we do not want it. We do not accept or acknowledge His invitation to dine with Him. We speak of our need of strength and wisdom and yet we do not admit to Him that these needs can only be met when partaking from His table and eating what He provides.
God also speaks here of how He has "mixed His wine" for us as well. Mixed wine was something not done for just anyone. This was done by adding spices to wine to make it taste better. It was not the usual practice to do this, but was done when company came or for special occasions. Think about this for a moment, especially in light of the context in this passage. According to what we read here, God is offering wisdom when we need it most. At the true points of decision in our lives He is seen mixing a special batch of wine (often a picture of the Word of God or of a special work of His Spirit). He knows exactly what we need from the Word and from His Spirit and He puts it together just for us - just as we need it.
The question hangs in the air once again, "will we partake of what He has for us? Think about this again. When we need it the most God has prepared a gourmet meal of food and drink that will give us the very wisdom that we need. It is waiting only one thing. It awaits our acknowledgement of need and of spiritual hunger, and our acceptance of His invitation. To turn down this offer is the very highest of stupidity and foolishness. I think we might be shocked to see how many wonderful meals of wisdom and instruction we have left on the table uneaten. Blind to the feast that awaits us we trudge on in our own strength and our own horribly fallible wisdom wondering where God is when we need Him, or worse, not even recognizing him at all. May God give us grace - give us a spiritual appetite - give us a hunger for Him in every situation to where we would come to His table utterly famished for what He has prepared. May that hunger spur us on to eat well at His table, feasting upon wisdom and knowing the way in which we are to walk. May all this lead to a walk with Him where we know the right way, know the right path, know the right choice and walk in it to the very glory of God. When it comes to eating at His table all I can say is Bon appetit!
Proverb a Day
Each day, we'll take a look at a verse from the chapter of Proverbs for the day. Our hope is to gain wisdom each day - and from that wisdom - to have understanding to make godly decisions in the throes of everyday life.
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