Thursday, October 30, 2014

Feasting Pastors are Feeding Pastors

The grace of God is truly amazing. After enduring the rebellion of his chosen people, Israel, for several centuries—yes, several centuries—the mercy of God finally gave way to wrath and he gave them into the hands of the Babylonians who carried them away into captivity. While there, God in his mercy testified of the day when he would make a new covenant with them, and bless them beyond their wildest imagination. This promise would be amazing enough if his people were faithful to him and zealous to walk in his ways, but it’s all the more amazing because he made it when they were not.

Among the many details of his promise to his people, is this awe-inspiring line. “I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:14). Notice several things. First, God himself will feed those who are called to feed his people, and mainly, he will feed them with his presence and his Word.

Second, God will feed them abundantly and not just adequately. He will cause them to be full to the point of overflow, and they will then minister from overflow.

Third, the benefits of this feasting will not only be enjoyed by his priests (or pastors, as he later calls them), but also by all of his people. God will glut his chosen servants with his glory that they might feed others with his goodness. Indeed, feasting pastors will be feeding pastors, and the name of God will be exalted by all.

I suppose that a lot more could be said, but the bottom line for me is this—I’m stunned by the grace of God. Again, he spoke this promise as he was pouring wrath out upon his people. He disciplines us for our good, and he makes good promises to us in the midst of his discipline. 

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