The Riverbank Lent 2011 Devotional Plan
“The Journey to the Cross”
Day 8: Reading – Matthew 22: 1 – 14
1 And Jesus answered and spake again in parables unto them, saying, 2 The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son, 3 and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come. 4 Again he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them that are bidden, Behold, I have made ready my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage feast. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise; 6 and the rest laid hold on his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 But the king was wroth; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast. 10 And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: 12 and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him out into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few chosen.
The provision of our heavenly father is one of God’s many attributes and proof of God’s love. If you have attended a feast, a royal feast you can begin to appreciate the detail, the ambiance, the completeness of such an event. The food, the drinks, the music, the ‘take-away’ packs, the ambiance, the venue, the people, the MC, the DJ, the decorations and much more. God’s provision for us his children is complete. Every conceivable need adequately accounted and met. Our simple task then is to receive, accept and enjoy God’s provision.
So why is accepting God’s gift so difficult ? Do you know that making excuses is comparable to making light of God’s provision (verse 5) ? Even ‘fool-proof’ excuses do not measure up. Revelation 3, verse 20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
I pray that you will open your ‘door’, and let God into your life, your business, your family, your career, your home…When God enters, life begins laced with great and true fellowship.
Questions, feedback and comments are welcome.
God’s unending blessings,
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