Come and Dine

He sets a table before me in the presence of my enemy. 

Psalm 23:5

Psalm twenty three shows how a good shepherd cares for his sheep.  His pasture is always green and green speaks to life giving nourishment. The still waters not only refresh but rest and restore our souls.  

Jesus is the door for us to come in and out and find pasture.

Out of his own mouth he says, “if any thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”  The invite stands:

Come and feed. Come and drink,

I am impacted by this thought today:

This table sits prepared.

This table is before me. 

This table is before me IN the presence of my enemies. 

And My enemies are not invited to come and dine.

Since God sits in the heavens and laughs, think how unconcerned He is by the enemies strategies.  He declares “we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”  Colossians 3:1, NLT says “let heaven fill your thoughts.”  

As we are seated at this table that he fills with his fullness, the only thing that can possibly be lacking would be our unshakeable trust and confidence in our place and provision found in Christ.  

By feeding on what the Father has prepared, we put ourselves in remembrance of every good thing we have been given.  Feeding challenges our weak places, strengthening us as we are renewed in Him.  Jesus tells us to feed on Him and live.  He is the bread of life the Father has given.  He is the all sufficient one.  

Isaiah asked why do you spend money on things that do not satisfy when you have an invitation to come eat and drink?

This table has been set with what the Father judges necessary for my well being. 

As a mom, I know what it’s like to prepare a meal and have my children pick and choose around the meal. I shouldn’t see the table he sets before us

as a buffet; I don’t think he’s asking, “Jeanne what do you want to eat?”  

I think one of the grievous things to the Holy Spirit is the way we often reject what he is trying to feed us.   The Table is always set with exactly what we need to eat.  Could it be, that delayed promises are simply a result of our stubborn refusal to eat what is set before us?

We have this wonderful invitation to come.  Not only does he provide the meal but He promises to come in and sup with us when we respond to his invitation.  He comes with his wisdom and understanding, his mercy and loving kindness, to help.  When my heart is overwhelmed and I cry out for help, He leads me to His provision

The invite stands. 

How will we respond?