Dinner in the Desert

Dinner in the Desert

My thought today is built around a question. I’m not the first to ask it. I won’t be the last. “Can God prepare a banquet in the desert?” (Psalms 78:19, God’s Word Translation). And don’t tell me you have never asked it. “Can God provide in my poverty?” “Does God care in my calamity?” “Can God turn my hopelessness into hope?” “Can life and laughter spring forth from my dreadful, dilemma?” “Can God turn my pity into a party?” Yes. Yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes! I can hear a resounding, deafening “Yes!” Where is the proof?

Given the pick the last place one would likely want to live is a desert. It is usually a dull, depressing, dismal, dark, dry, deadly, dusty, dirty, desolate, despondent, drifting, place; deficient of moisture, plant and animal life. Add to that it is flat, featureless, and full of fear. It doesn’t stop there. The desert is mostly hot; hostile, and horrific. Sandstorms and sadistic storms decrease visibility and increase hopelessness.  Its sad status boasts of supporting very little life, is lifeless, and lonely limited to wandering, homeless nomads. It is an empty, eerie environment. 

The largest hot desert in the world is the Sahara, in Northern Africa, covering over nine million kilometers and twelve countries. What a waste! One third of the earth’s mass is desert.

There is hope, however, in the desert. Animals, plants, and people do learn to survive. The desert contains great amounts of valuable, usable, mineral resources spread over their entire surface.

At times, we find, falter, or fall into a spiritual desert experience. It is an opportunity for us to grow stronger gleaning from the spiritual resources prepared for us. It is here in the midst of all the negatives that God turns the table. Words shift to able, available, abundant, overflowing, rushing, supply. Not only does He turn the table, He prepares it.

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love”

(Song of Solomon 2:4, ESV). I’ve heard that little song for years and have never really understood what is meant. Now, I have a better understanding.

“The Lord is my shepherd. I am never in need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage. You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the Lord’s house for days without end” (Psalms 23; God’s Word Translation).

“Parable of the Great Feast: Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, ‘What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!’ Jesus replied with this story: ‘A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready’” (Luke 14:15-17, NLT).

Dinner is ready.

One thought on “Dinner in the Desert

  1. Changed Mind-set A born again believes, his Central nervous system is totally under the control of the power of Holy Spirit to work out all the necessary activities of its thinking as the wise man of God does in order to operate Gods will  across the century. The thinking of true believers must follow the steps of Holy Spirit that means walking in spirit, thinking in spirit, worshipping in spirit and living under the complete guidance of Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is our life driver; he the Holy Spirit alone drives our mind to all the truth. As we are experiencing the born again lives, we must open our mind that Holy Spirit guide us to all the truth and worship God with all the truth and spirit. God is a spirit. This means He is without flesh and blood and therefore invisible to the natural eyes of man: God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) God is as his names and all his names are his character,.Jehovahah-Rapha ..The Lord that heals, Jehovah-Tsidkenu: The Lord our righteousness,Jeremiah 23:6, Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord who provides Genesis 22:14, Jehovah-Shammah:”The Lord is there.Ezekiel  48v35.It is good to live in spirit and walk in spirit so that we can enjoy our new life reality as we lead under the guidance of Holy Spirit in this new life practice.Let us  see God  in his word. God is like his word. He is not man. Blessings, Hizkias

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