What’s for dinner, God?

What's for dinner, God?


A rather tongue-in-cheek question from a college student, but one that touches on some very intimate, relational attributes of God.

Throughout the Bible, God talks to us, inviting each of us into the most intimate of relationships, even, metaphorically speaking, inviting us to dine with Him. In the Book of Revelation Jesus’ invitation to dine with Him is one of the most loved passages of Scripture:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

As you will note though; it’s not Jesus asking you for dinner. Jesus is the one at the door knocking and waiting for the invitation. God is not one to impose Himself on us.

It is only in the intimacy of a personal relationship with God that one begins to understand the wonder of God’s grace and the peace and calm He brings to His children in even the most dire of situations. This is why King David wrote, more than three-thousand years ago, the most famous of all the Psalms, the 23rd Psalm. Note the intimacy of David’s relationship with God, enjoying the pleasures of lying down in a lush meadow, with a calm river flowing by and God opening up a picnic hamper with the most luscious food you can imagine… even as his enemies look on.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

God wants us to enjoy Him. He even wants to ‘party with us’ (not in an inappropriate manner but in the simple joy of intimate fellowship). In the Book of Deuteronomy God gave the following instructions:

“When you arrive [in Jerusalem], you may use the money to buy any kind of food you want—cattle, sheep, goats, wine, or other alcoholic drink. Then feast there in the presence of the Lord your God and celebrate with your household.”

Why don’t you invite Jesus over for all your meals?


2 comments have been left.

  • KW left comment on May 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

    I came to this site specifically to ask God if I should make myself a sandwich, get take-out, or try to cook that quinoa I got from Whole Foods. None of those are mentioned here, so I guess I’m going with that last quote and inviting Jesus over to split a fifth of Jack with me. Thanks, Jesus!

    BSBS Comment: God specifically said “buy any kind of food you want” so a sandwich or quinoa, if that’s what brings you joy, would qualify. As for splitting a fifth (750ml) of Jack Daniels with you, Jesus would probably caution you that this amount of liquor is in excess and would lead to drunkenness neither of which are condoned in the Bible. Jesus is in the relationship business and wishes to enjoy companionship with all of God’s people. The focus of the passage from the Book of Deuteronomy is our relationship with God – not the food and drink – although both are given to be enjoyed.

  • Jean Clayhorn left comment on April 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Hi there,
    I came to this site looking for an answer to a question I saw on one of the ads: “What race is God?” This is something I have thought about a lot. Is this no longer one of life’s questions?
    Thanks,
    Jean

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