Devotion for October 17-19, 2017

“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of
rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged
wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering
that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He
will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears
from all faces.” Isaiah 25:6-8a

There’s nothing quite like a feast. It’s something that’s been lost in
our culture with its mass-produced meals and predictable chain
restaurants. Hosting a feast isn’t something that many people are
familiar with, but it’s quite a joy. The personal connection with the other
guests, the enjoyment of the food in the company of others, the
laughing, the music, the extravagance—it’s pure pleasure.

The Lord offers this feast to His people. He sets out a spread of
salvation, a feast of forgiveness, time and again. He prepares the table
with the preaching of the Word, He invites us to receive His Holy
Supper, He sends preachers to the highways and byways to proclaim
this rich feast to all. But how often do we ignore it? How often do we
reject the feast in favor of something else? Instead of enjoying the
hearty meat of His Word, we settle for our own small opinions. Instead
of savoring the wine of forgiveness, we opt for the watered-down trends
of the world. Rather than being filled with eternal life, we scrape and
scrounge for the things that quickly pass away.

It would be foolish in the extreme to reject this invitation to the
Lord’s feast, and yet, it’s exactly what we do. But He is a gracious host.
He doesn’t want us to live on scraps and junk food. He keeps inviting
us. He keeps calling us. He continues to send messengers who not only
extend His invitation, but who actually deliver the richness of this meal
to us. He doesn’t wait for us to come—He brings His feast to us! He fills
us with His Word and forgiveness. He gives us the most generous
helpings of life and salvation. And this is only the appetizer. What we
have on this side of eternity is just a foretaste of the feast to come.
When Jesus returns, He will raise each of us from the dead. He will
swallow up death forever, along with everything that accompanies it. He
will utterly destroy pain and sickness, disease and injury. Then, for all
eternity, we’ll be in the Lord’s presence, enjoying the wedding feast of
the Lamb in His kingdom that has no end. We’ll enjoy the company of
the saints past, present, and future. We’ll have the pure pleasure of the
Lord’s eternal feast on His holy mountain in the life of the world to
come.

Prayer: Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our
salvation. Lead us away from the passing things of this world so
that we would rejoice in the greatness of Your never-ending
mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.