While studying Luke 14:15-24 I wondered, “Why do we wait for affliction to become humble?” This passage contains one of the banquet parables. Here the noble man invites friends to the banquet but they all refuse, claiming to have more important things to do. They were decent events but let’s realize that they are refusing an invitation from the noble man who represents the King of Kings. The noble man angrily orders his servants to go collect the poor, injured, and afflicted to be part of the banquet until there is not a single spot available for the prideful ones he first invited.
There are many points to this parable, but for this moment let’s realize that this isn’t about Jesus having more affection for the afflicted than the “healthy.” Jesus is looking for the humble.
Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Matthew 5:4 NIV 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Jesus is looking for the humble. and all too many times it takes affliction to make us humble! Whether you are feeling afflicted today or not, why not voluntarily take a fall of humility and fall at the feet of Jesus. You just might discover you’ve entered a banquet of rest!