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Topic: FEAST (07/12/18)
- TITLE: He did not set a table before me
By Emmanuella Ellis
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I rushed off to my closet and did the same, with my knees on my beds, fits clenched together, I asked the Lord again and again. I need this Lord, please could you grant this to me. Again, I wasn’t ignorant of the fact that some others apart from me were doing the same. Surely, I never considered praying as a competition. My trips before the Lord didn’t look to me like a bunch of people standing behind a huge closed door to the throne room anxiously waiting to have the door opened. When it was opened everyone rushed with the hope to get to the throne first to place his or her petition before the Lord as a guarantee to an answered prayer.
But then I felt like I was in competition with the world when I rose on my knees and left my closet to face the world. Before my eyes, I could see tables, huge ones set before people. On these tables are lives goodies; a job, wealth, promotion, success, fame, brilliant opportunities, leadership positions, degrees, you name it.
I could particularly see the eyes of friends, family and strangers glowing as they enjoyed the feast that had been prepared for them by the Lord. Obviously, if it was the Lord who set the table before them, then it was certainly a feast. I could have looked on the table set before them and picked out the different answers to their petitions being beautifully decorated and placed before them.
But not me, I felt like my life was on pause while I watched others have their lives played before me. I remembered the famous verse in Psalm 23, “He set a table before me in the presence of my enemies”. Why did I suddenly feel like I was the enemy and He had set a table before everyone else just, so I would watch on and see how much He loved them and not me.
Did I not deserve to have a table set before me as well so that I could have a feast and enjoy all that life had to offer? Especially when I along with all the others went before Him to place our petitions. I guess my feasting event wasn’t on the planner’s list. No wonder I felt like the enemy watching people feast on the goodness of life as the Lord sets the table before them.
While I was busy feeling like the enemy, a position I had too quickly taken up, the real enemy was overjoyed. Because he was feasting on my whining, complaining, doubts and the growing of jealousy and bitterness in my heart. As I became this person, I was unknowingly setting a table before the enemy, filling it with all the sinful undesirable things I had piled up on myself for him to feast on.
Because I had focused so much on other people’s lives, I didn’t realise that the Lord had also set a table before me, with health, life, family, friends, favour opportunities etc. which I could feast on. Especially since other people did not have these. But since I couldn’t find answers to my petitions laid before me on the feasting table, I totally walked away from it rather making myself a pot of tears, bitterness and loneliness which I fed on.
Yes, the Lord had set a table before me in the presence of my enemies. But my enemies succeeded in taking my eyes off my table to focus on others, leading me to walk away from it. My act of ungratefulness caused me to turn my back on my feasting table only to prepare a table for my enemy to feast on as he watched me in misery. How easily the tables got turned. I wondered how often I had allowed the enemy to enjoy and feast on my ignorance and doubt.
One thing was certain, there will always be something to feast on either by you or the enemy. If you don’t enjoy your feast, the enemy will be the one feasting on your ungratefulness.
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