Psalm 23:5 – “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” (NKJ)
As I’m apt to these days, I was listening to a message delivered by my pastor on my way in to work this morning. He made an interesting point of saying that we spend so much time looking for friends when our blessings are closer to our enemies. All I could think about from the time I got out of the car concerning our devotion today was the God will bless us right in the midst of our enemies, to the point of overabundance.
Living in a resort city has its ups and downs, and one of the downs can be seen as usually having to wait for a table in just about any restaurant you go into. Depending on what part of Orlando you’re in, what time of day it is, what day of the week it is, the season, and if there’s an ‘event’ outside the everyday resort city workings, you can be waiting for that buzzer to light up for over an hour if you choose to wait. I recently went out to celebrate a dear sister’s birthday, and you’d have thought that we each got some money when the hostess came and told us ‘your table is ready’.
There are seasons in your life that God hands you a buzzer, and depending on your specific test, trial, process, your attitude, your willingness to change and be changed, and any other number of factors, you can be waiting quite some time for your life to shift and go to the next level of service in the in the kingdom and blessings that God indeed has for you. While you’re waiting, just like in a restaurant setting, you’ll see others pass you by on the way to what they’ve been waiting for. Maybe you notice that some haven’t waited as long as you, and you could even witness others leaving the building. These people may have already gotten what they were came to that place to do, and it’s on to whatever is next for them. You’ll be aware of those who are waiting like you, or even some with you, decide that waiting isn’t worth their time and effort. They refuse to go through the process, and may decide there’s a quicker fix than this waiting is for them. And of course, in the midst of all of this, there will be enemies, seeking to see you fail, possibly plotting your destruction both spiritually and physically.
But, if you’re in the right place doing the right things that are assigned to you, in the right spirit with the right motivation, you can be surrounded by enemies, but there will come a moment that your buzzer will sound and the host will say ‘Your table is ready’. Not only will you walk right past the enemies that once surrounded you and thought they had you right where they wanted you for destruction, those very enemies will be made to witness the blessing, or as our text states, the table that God has prepared for you. They’ll have to stand there and watch you receive your anointing, and the overflowing blessings. That alone makes the wait for God’s plan for your life to manifest even sweeter.
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