For those who read yesterday’s post The Grand day out you will know that I am visiting Stratford Upon Avon today. Part of my treat is a dinner at a nice restaurant with my husband. We don’t often get that time to have a dinner on our own. It’s that time of life I guess where we find ourselves juggling all sorts of responsibilities and challenges. This will be a time to relax and chat over (hopefully a nice dinner) about us- no discussions about our children, aged parents, jobs and other responsibilities.
With that in mind, I wanted to share this previous updated post about God’s banqueting table. I don’t know about you but my actual experience of banquets has mostly been from my own wedding and other similar celebrations.
So we were taking communion at church and I was reminded of God’s banqueting table and that His banner over us at this table is love.
Those words are from the bible -the Song of Solomon but some might know or remember also the worship song about God bringing us to His banqueting table.
“He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love.”
Song of Solomon 2:4
It is only through that act of selfless love when Jesus Christ died on the cross that we have the ability to come to that banqueting table and to the place prepared for us there.
Christ issued the invitation and I accepted. I hope you have also accepted that invitation.
Christ’s banner of love is over me and all around me when I am there. You too.
I have a place at the banqueting table and so I have access to the full provision of God. You do too.
I am dressed appropriately for the banquet with the garments of salvation and the robes of righteousness because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour, so there is no chance that I will be refused entry – you too;
but how often I can neglect to go there and take hold of and enjoy all that Jesus Christ has obtained for me at the Cross – you too?
Thankfully, the invitation from God is always open to come at any time – 24/7.
There is always a welcome and my place will never be filled by anyone else so there is always a guarantee that I will have a place at the banqueting table – you too.
God can do exceedingly above all that I ask or imagine there because he is a God of abundance.
The banquet is a picture of abundance and plenty for everyone. The best food and drink are laid on at the banquet for the guests.
Let’s not neglect to ask God for the things that we need and to trust Him to provide for us and sustain us. It might be physical or spiritual sustenance that we need and we can be sure that whatever it is, He will be faithful to meet our needs.
Allow Him to fill us there with His love there so that we can be changed and overflow that love to others.
A few years ago whilst on a retreat, the leader encouraged us all to take up the invitation to come to God’s banqueting table.
He pulled up a physical chair and invited us to take our seat at the table.
We did so and as we did, we saw ourselves seated at the table feasting on all the provision of God that Christ had obtained for us through His death and resurrection.
It had a profound effect on me.
I encourage you to take up your place at God’s banqueting table today.
Don’t leave it empty.
Link to He brought me to His banqueting table: