We have before us a most beautiful banqueting table. Each entrée has been carefully selected, and served to us with Love beyond measure. Have you ever been at a banquet? There are different delights prepared for each course, each one fitting perfectly with the next, creating the perfect experience for the guests. It is only right that we at least partake of each item, as much as we are able, to please our host.
Unfortunately, many of us decide that we do not want to sit down and dine, slowly, over numerous courses. There may be things on the plate that we would rather not even try, so we choose, instead, and try to turn it into a buffet. Have you ever been to a buffet? There are many items available. You simply walk around, choose which items you would like to have, and put them upon your plate. Picking and choosing only those things that we believe will please us, and leaving other items that we do not wish to have anywhere near us.
For food, we all have our preferences; however, with God’s Word, we are to partake of the full banquet set before us. Nothing removed. Every course is to be savored! “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (NIV)
1 Peter 2:2-3 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (NIV)
When we decide that we would rather chew upon items, buffet style, we are in the wrong! We are NOT to pick and choose! God’s Word is living and meant to be savored in its entirety, one course at a time. We have been warned, sternly, that we are not to be selective in any way – “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” Revelation 22:18-19
It is true that there may be portions served to us from this banquet that we may not digest very well; they may not be to our ‘liking’, but they have been prepared with love. They are for our complete nourishment, for our spiritual growth, to help us grow up strong in the faith. If you have been one that prefers ‘buffet style’, pray about changing your ways and feasting at His banqueting table. You will be amazed at how rich and wonderful it truly is!
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