Can God prepare a feasting table in the wilderness?

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Psalm 78:12–19

12 Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap.

14 In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire.

15 He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths.

16 He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.

17 But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.

18 And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy.

19 Yes, they spoke against God: They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

The question in verse 19 has been a recurring thought to me over the years of my faith-based ministries. “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?” they asked. They felt that He couldn’t; in fact, they thought they having been delivered from Egypt through the ten plagues and the passage through the Red Sea, were now just going to starve to death. No doubt their children were hungry, the husbands were hungry, and there was not enough food to go around and nothing pick.

But the people did not look at the power of God that had just been displayed, instead they complained over what God had not yet done. We are great complainers! It is part of our sinful nature. Just because we ate yesterday and all of the yesterdays that we can remember, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t complain today, or does it?

We know that God did come through and provide daily manna and quail preparing a table for them in the wilderness. He brought a river of fresh water out of the rock and they were then satisfied. The kids were fed and the husbands stopped complaining. What did God do? He did what no one thought possible; He prepared a table in the wilderness.

Is God still able to prepare a nourishing and refreshing table in our wilderness? I believe He is; in fact, I have witnessed His table many times. Never doubt our able Lord. He who has already demonstrated His power to save also has the power to feed and care for His own.

 

Sorry this is so late, I worked setting vending machines this morning.

 

Last night we went to the funeral of George Pradel’s wife, Pat. She was a sweet Christian lady who gave her life to care for others. Her children and husband spoke so sweetly of her life=long quest to help others ending her life with note writing.

 

Tonight we are showing a movie here at church at 7:30. It will be an outdoor event so bring a blanket or chairs. The movie is the Drop Box and tells the story of a Korean pastor who was so committed to keep people from killing their babies that he set up a box for people to put their unwanted infants in. I have not seen it yet and look forward to tonight. See you there.

 

Pray for anyone coming to RU tonight to overcome his or her fears and to walk in. Pray for us to be able to minister God’s grace and hope to those who come.

 

Pray for Sunday.   I plan to bring another message on the folly of idolatry continuing in Isaiah 44.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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