By Chaplain (Capt.) Thomas Robinson
Special to GUIDON
Sometimes after some reflection, I would often say to myself, “If I had only seen things from this or that perspective, I believe I would have done things differently.”
Recently, I read that it would be extremely helpful to adopt a metaphor when it comes to one’s own relationship with God.
The Bible, itself, uses many metaphors to describe God as well as our relationship with God.
For example, our relationship with God is often captured as a “walk.”
“Enoch walked with God,” Genesis 5:22.
Enoch lived in intimacy and communion with God, in every way. For comparison to the current topic please refer to the following two excerpts: the Bible tells us “For we live by faith, not by sight,” 2 Corinthians 5:7 and “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts,” Psalm 84:1.
While there is no substitute to the metaphor of describing life as a walk with God, I would love to offer an alternative metaphor—God as a banquet.
A number of years ago I came across the following quote.
“God is a banquet to enjoy, not a subject to study.”
I don’t think the writer was arguing that one should not study the subject of God.
Rather, I believe the writer was saying that we need to move from the head to the heart, from merely knowing to actually experiencing.
What good is the knowledge of God without truly knowing God experientially?
I believe the Triune God of the sacred scriptures must be enjoyed as a banquet.
In fact, God invites us to delight in him through the Biblical verse, “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart,” Psalm 37:4.
So when we bow in prayer, we must delight in God.
When we worship at our local chapel or church, we must delight in God.
When we read our Bibles, we must delight in God.
I believe this metaphor of God as a banquet will change everything.
(Editor’s note: Robinson is the 554th Engineer Battalion chaplain.)