Book: Proverbs 9
“She (Wisdom) has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table.”
One thing I enjoy doing is preparing a feast for family, friends and guests. I want everything to be perfect. Not only does the food need to be prepared with extra care but its presentation must ‘wow’ each and every participant at the banquet. Those details like flowers, ribbons, greenery, ice sculptures, and sugar molds are not just extras but part of what helps create a special atmosphere. I want to see each place setting perfect, with the cutlery all in its place, plates and cups line up with all the other ones and napkins folded. All this says to the guest, “you are special”. There must be plenty of food with opportunity for seconds. Some people say I go over the top but from my perspective, I want every diner to enjoy the event from beginning to end knowing that they have experienced something special.
An invitation to a banquet usually brings anticipation of much laughter and fun with friends and/or family. Stories will be told, humor shared and good time will be had by all. Banquets usually focus around some kind of celebration whether it be the birth of Christ at Christmas or a couple becoming married. The guests come with a rejoicing attitude.
God’s Wisdom is very much like a banquet that has been prepared for those who are willing to attend. Every bit of His wisdom is perfect for the occasion His guests find themselves in. He has set a table of wisdom that is far beyond anything we could imagine. To each and every participant who receives it they will say, “wow, this is good.” Even the details surrounding the banquet demonstrate God’s love to each one. Nothing is out of place with God’s wisdom. Each person has a place to sit at and there is none that attend who will be left out.
Just because a great feast has been prepared does not mean that all who are invited (which is everyone) will attend and receive the blessing provided. The choice is up to each person. Consider the parable of the Great Feast in Matthew 22 which Jesus told, “He said, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!’” What a sad scenario where the people reject the offer of a feast with their King. This is what it’s like when we don’t come to the banquet table of His wisdom.
Take time to consider how you are enjoying God’s banquet table of wisdom. How could you receive more of what He is offering?