Isaiah 25:6,9 "On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. . . . It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation."
As you read throughout the scriptures, you find countless people waiting for God. It is a major theme, it is what faith is about, for God gives us His promise, but he doesnít give us His timetable. How many times have we been told, wait and see? If we could see it now, then perhaps we could wait, but it is not faith, when we see now the thing for which we hope.
We might not always be punctual, but we donít like to wait for anyone. Hurry up, Hurry up, canít you see that there is much to do, canít you see that I am a very busy person? And now a light begins to dawn, and we see a world which revolves around me, I am the center, therefore I must be god, and so, Iíll do it myself. The light brightens, and understanding enlightens the mind, and a still small voice quietly says, If you can take the place of God, then your god was not much of a God was he? One might forgive a child, for spending their time collecting iron pyrites and thinking that they have a real treasure, they do not yet know the difference between true gold, and fools gold. But is it that hard to tell the difference between The True God, and a foolís god?
The only thing I can say, is that you donít have to wait for a foolís god. No matter where you go, it is always off to the side, bright shiny, but having no value, not able to give, or to keep promises, it cannot forgive, in cannot save, it cannot help in time of trial, it does not hear our prayers. But it is there, you donít have to wait for it, even if it does always lead you astray. And if the only god you know, is a foolís god, is it any wonder that you do not fear him, nor do you respect him, or honor him, or worship him. For a fools god, is always a servant there to do what I want done, but not a good servant, for though I may want much, the fools god does nothing, even though he is very busy about doing it.
Do you know God? We might not say many good things about the reformed, but they do have a deep respect for God. They have an understanding of his power and might, They have an understanding that He is Lord of all, and the each individual is part of the all, over which God is Lord. In our text, we have the Lord of Hosts, or the God of Armies coming with an invincible army such that no one can stand against him, every enemy is defeated, every foe is crushed. This is the God who comes, not to judge, condemn and destroy, but, to make a feast for all his peoples. No ordinary meal, but a real feast, with the best of the best, and we are invited. It is this vision Paul calls before our eyes, as he encourages us to rejoice in the Lord always, and to wait patiently. Why, because the call and the gift are priceless, the greatest gift, the greatest treasure, everything we could ever need.
Do we wait? Before you say anything, think about Israel, encamped before the mountain of God, Moses had gone up the mountain to receive the covenant from God, and the people waited. Moses had been gone 40 days and 40 nights, and the people were tired of waiting, and they turned to Aaron and asked him to make for them a god, and they worshipped the god they had made, and threw a feast for themselves, many perished because of this idolatry, and none of those who sinned lived to enter the promised land. They suffered for their sin, and these things were written for our instruction so that we might not perish in the same way. Written so that we might turn from the foolís god, and know and worship the True God, the Lord of All.
So Jesus also teaches us in the parable of the wedding feast. When the king invites you, come, do not delay. Do not delay, but worship the Lord, your God, and give thanks for all his benefits, and wait on His salvation, for though it is as yet unseen, it is sure, as sure as the rising of the sun. And think how Jesus words speak to us today. For we are entering a season of feasting. Giving thanks for a bountiful harvest, giving thanks for the birth of Godís son to be our savior, giving thanks for the men of God who stood firm upon the word, reforming the church of abuses.
Let us not make a foolís god for ourselves, nor let us make a feast for ourselves, because we could not wait for God. But may these days ahead be full and rich, with God at the center, and with the gifts of God, this bounty of blessing, which is ours in Jesus Christ, may we be thankful.