Psalm 23:5a NLT – “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies…”
Battles are expected. Struggles are anticipated. Life happens. Disaster occurs. Sometimes we face loss. People are people. You can’t force others to be civil or logical. In fact, you cannot force people (even those who SHOULD know) to have integrity or honesty or respect for others or to be spiritually minded. A friend of mine posted a Facebook status this week of “…Insanity = trying to get those who don’t know you and criticize you, to like you and try to understand you!”
God is so good that He provides a banquet right in the face of the enemy, our struggles and our pain. When I think of a feast or a banquet, it brings to mind thoughts of celebration and laughter and peace and simply “good times”. But what if you are eating with the enemy, struggles or pain? Sometimes you just don’t even feel like eating. You’re troubled, upset, mad, stressed, sorrowful… God knows that you need strength when you are fighting battles. You need your energy. You need stamina. You need some substance in your life. Sit down a while. Eat a bite. God has what’s needed to sustain you.
Proverbs tells us that God causes the enemies of the righteous to be at peace with them. If you are the righteous, you can live in victory even in the face of the enemy! Come on. You’re an overcomer!
Don’t reject the food that is set in front of you. I make my own kids at least try something before they reject it. They may love it or make all kinds of faces of disgust to “prove” that they don’t like it…and I’ll just laugh at them (isn’t that what parents are suppose to do?) They may even act as if they don’t like it but then I catch them eating it later. Some things simply grow on us because we see the value and goodness it brings. “Taste and see that the Lord, He is good.” It is the initial taste test that scares people away. What if I don’t like it? Well, I say, what if it becomes your favorite food? You’ll never know until you try. Sushi, anyone?
You may not enjoy the pain or the struggle or having to face your enemies, but God knows what He’s doing. If you’ll just eat what He’s placed before you, I bet you will be pleased with what it will do for you! So, you gonna eat that, or what?