Linlithgow Palace with a bit of snow and ice,

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.

Job 1:4 – 5 (NASB)

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.

15 thoughts on “Feasting With Christ

  1. Yes. So beautifully put, as ever.

    Feasting can be good. But the enemy loves using the good, distorting it, and using that to pull us away from the Lord.

    Father God created. The enemy just steals…

    I get so excited when I see there is a new post from you in my phone.

    Each one is so very encouraging!

    Andy B

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    1. I thank our Father God for you all in the Berry family, you are such an encouragement to me and to many other brethren in the Lord.
      We continue to pray that He continues to guide you, sustain you, and lift you up as you follow Him, Amen.
      P.s. my heart gets excited (as it did this morning) when He shows me something in His Word, which I simply must write and share! What a generous God we serve!

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  2. I felt your excitement

    I love it when we read a familiar passage and get blown away as God reveals an even deeper richness to what we already thought we know

    We truly can not fathom the depths of God…and I’m rather glad of that!!

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  3. Thank you Alan. We can get so easily distracted when we take our eyes off of the true gift of Jesus and why we celebrate. May his Hope reign supreme as we celebrate together with family and friend and online with our good friends as well. May we give freely as our Father has given to us in his perfect gift, our friend, our savior, our king in Jesus. God Bless you my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much sister, your presence has been missed in the last wee while. Puppy training one is hard work, but two is a whole different scale of hard work. How are they coming along? Could we be seeing a new source of doggy devotionals just like Beth’s “Lessons From A Lab “?

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      1. And we received over 1 foot of snow last night and it is still coming down, and drifting too. The puppies think this is amazing, and it is so cute to watch them romp through the snow drifts.

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