Come To His Table

Lee Michaels | September 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

Several years ago, Musicianaries hosted an overseas mission trip of fifteen Florida team members for ten days.  During the course of the trip, we became very close as we ministered together, shared daily devotions, prayed for the needs around us, and served the churches tirelessly.  We had times of affirmation and blessing each member during our time together.  By the end of the outreach, each team member enthusiastically requested that when we got back to Florida we MUST have a reunion dinner—and so the date was set. 

A reminder was sent out to each one as the date approached, with driving directions to our home, and responses came back to me with anticipation and excitement!  This was going to be fun!  My grocery cart was brimming with yummy delights for the occasion and the day before our wonderful reunion, I spent all day in the kitchen cooking, baking, slicing, arranging, and preparing the tasty feast for our guests!  We were finally going to get to see each other again and catch up on the latest news of our families!

A few hours before our lovely gathering, the calls started coming in.  “Last minute problem…”,  “I forgot I had to…..”, “My car broken down….”, “Company showed up unexpectedly…”, on and on it went.  Well, that left a few of us to be together anyway!  But, the others never called and never showed.  Not one team member came to our home.

Disappointed, tired, and let down, I went to my room and cried.  This was heart-breaking!  I asked the Lord, “Why would my friends do this to me?”  I’ll never forget His answer:  “They do it to Me all the time!  I have a feast prepared in My Word that is awaiting My friends every day.  Jewels that are far more priceless than your meal.  And yet they come up with one excuse after another as to why they will not come and partake of My delicious goodness.  Many of them are starving, and don’t even know it!  So don’t worry, My daughter, I totally understand what you feel.”

My abandoned meal no longer seemed that significant.  But it made my resolve even stronger to never skip My Lord’s meal that He has personally prepared and set before me each and every day.  It is my hope that you will be encouraged and bring your appetite to His table for nourishment without excuse.

Jeremiah 10:23   I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.

 Psalm 32:8       I, the Lord, will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel                            you and watch over you.


3 Comments

  1. Lynn says:
    Whenever I see a new blog from Lee, I stop what I'm doing to read it. I'm never disappointed. I always receive a fresh word. Now I am going to savor what I have read and put it deep in my spirit. Thank you, precious sister, for sharing from your heart so we can walk higher.
  2. Tuck says:
    Wow Lee! You sure know how to get to a guy! What a tearjerker that was!
  3. Steve H says:
    Lee, I showed this to Carel right away. I said “This reminds me of how you have felt failed attempts at having family gatherings”(heartbroken). I’d like to think we have never done this to anyone else, but I know we have. Have we failed to come to God’s table? The answer is a absolutely! Thanks for the devotional!

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