4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
We are fast approaching the season of gifts, family and feasting. As the days get shorter and temperatures plummet eating well seems to be a good idea. As I write this the bird table outside my window is busier by the day with Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Robins and Chaffinches to name just a few. As far as my feathered friends are concerned it is certainly a time for feasting, building fat for the freeze to come. Birds are always busy either feeding the family or feeding themselves, all the time being cautious for predators. In this little picture of Creation God gives us a lesson in life for us to follow.
In our text Job’s grown up children celebrate their birthdays at each others houses with feasts, under the distant watchful eye of their Godly father. He trusted his children in their own demeanour knowing he had raised them well in the things of God, such is the case with us as children of God – He trusts us to be good. At the end of their feasting their father Job called them to prayer before God; which he did at the earliest opportunity. This was not a rare thing, but it was habitual as prayer should be.
Dear reader, as you approach Christmas festivities you must remain grounded spiritually, forever watchful for the subtle ways of Satan trying to sidetrack you with frivolities away from the Christ of Christmas. Before you enjoy the festive fare across the Christmas table you should already be feasting, every day on His Word and in prayer. Draw close to Christ, the reason and the Master of the feast – in this your Christmas will be more precious, and your table dressed with His Grace.
* This devotion is inspired from my reading of C.H. Spurgeon’s book Joy Born At Bethlehem which can be freely downloaded. It is a series of sermons with a Christmas theme worth reading.