Empty dinner plateOh taste and see that the Lord is good! August 6, 2020
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
Psalms 23:5 AMP
Earlier this year, as I was in prayer, I had this vision come into my mind. I saw Gods hands reaching out to me, and in His hands He had a white dinner plate. An empty white dinner plate. As I was looking at this plate one thought popped into my mind. I wasn’t concerned about what God was going to put on my plate, rather I worried I wasn’t going to like it. In the midst of wondering if I’m going to like this food or not, God spoke to my heart. This is what He said,” That which I prepare for you is good! Not only is it good, but I will also place within you the desire for it. You will like it!”
Now and then, this vision pops into my mind and it’s got me thinking, especially in this season of warfare. We’re not only fighting this virus, this pandemic, we’re also fighting doubt and panic. Fear of the unknown has got us frozen in a state of uncertainty. Who and what do you trust? It seems there’s a constant influx of questions but no answers.We’re like little children without parents and guidance, because right now, who is for you? Who can you depend on? We all, as a whole, are not taking the next step forward because we’re not sure what that next step will cost us. Again, fear of the unknown has got us stuck. How does one travel safely through this quagmire?
It’s the empty plate that God is holding out to us that comes to my mind. He sees our emptiness, our brokenness. He, more than anyone understands having the whole world against you and fighting the powers of darkness. He sees us in this barren desert of the unknown. He whispers,” Let me fill your plate. Let Me infuse you with goodness. My food will give you strength for this battle, these struggles. Let Me fill you to overflow, so that you may share and help inspire others. You will be okay.”
Can I be honest and say one thing? I’ll be blunt. As the body of Christ, as sons and daughters..we are to turn to Him for our daily bread. We are never to go to the world to meet this basic need. Never. We are not meant to eat and respond to what the world puts on our plate! Gods food satisfies. It gives strength and power to overcome. The worlds food? It leaves us empty; it dehydrates. It saps our strength, it weakens our faith, and it blinds our eyes to the truth.
He is good food. He is. He fills us with the richness of heaven. I’ve discovered that when I’m full of Him, eating at His table, all the “bad nutrients” that the world tries to shove at me - just gets dispelled. He shifts all of life into its proper perspective in my eyes. He speaks life into my heart and dreams. He infuses me with hope for tomorrow and inspires me to give as I have been given.
His food is good food. He fills my plate and my eyes can’t take it all in. It’s more than I could ever have asked for, and I never have to worry if I’ll have a taste for it or not. Because love makes and creates a delicious table before me, and I desire it. My heart is satisfied; His food is so good! So good for me!
“O taste and see that the LORD [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Psalms 34:8 AMP
So, yes, we are facing uncertain times. We are under attack. We are fighting virus, deceptions, fears and troubles. Yet through all this, God hasn’t changed! He is still faithful. Still true to His word and His word does not fail. He is truth and this is the truth that will set us free from the lies of the enemy. His word gives us much needed clarity. He is our victory: For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4.
I encourage us today, to not eat at the worlds table. Stop putting the food of doubt, of fear and unbelief unto your plate. Stop listening and paying attention to every word that isn’t God inspired. I don’t know what that looks like for you, but for me it’s choosing to not listen to media. It’s putting down my phone and picking up the Word. It’s putting my hope and trust in Him. He is a good Father!
“We wait [expectantly] for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For in Him our heart rejoices, Because we trust [lean on, rely on, and are confident] in His holy name. Let Your [steadfast] lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, In proportion as we have hoped in You.”. Psalms 33:20-22 AMP
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