Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink- even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk- it’s all free! Why spend money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. Isaiah 55:1-3
Jesus replied, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things. Psalm 81:10
I come from a large family and as my siblings and I got married and had families of our own (what started large now could almost be considered a small town) my parents always did their best to increase the size of our family table even if it meant getting creative in finding and piecing together every available surface to accommodate EVERYONE. There was no “kids table” at my parents, everyone was and still is, included at the same table. Every family member has a seat at this table, which kind of reminded me of Eph. 2:6, For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. As believers in Jesus we are apart of the family or body of Christ and thus He has seated us with Him!
Titus 2:11 states, For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And John 3:16 states He died for the WHOLE world. So the invite is out to all of us to come take a seat at His table however just like at my family gatherings if I don’t show up to the party my seat remains empty. Look what Paul says of Demas in 2 Tim. 4:10. He had deserted him because… he loves the things of this life… The pull of this world can be strong can’t it!? It bombards us moment by moment, we need to be intentional about fixing our eyes on Truth (Heb. 12:2) or we too will find ourselves deserting our best given seat in the house!
Remember that the Israelites liked the idea of getting out of slavery in Ex. 4 but once they were free they wished to go back (Ex. 16:3, Numb. 11:5)! We can’t have a seat at the worlds table and a seat at God’s, it just doesn’t work. No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. ..Matthew 6:24 Often times it’s when we don’t get what we want or things don’t go our way or the way we thought they should have, that we become bitter. Bitter about where we are seated. Bitterness… isn’t that the spiritual cancer of this world! Amazing that God first tells us He is Jehovah Rapha – the Healer when He is curing the bitter water for the Israelites in the desert (Ex. 15:22-27).
God can cure our deepest “seating chart” issues but we really need to make sure we have first chosen to sit at His table. Then to be diligently devoted to fixing our eyes on Who should be at the head of that table. We can get so consumed at “sitting well” in our “seat” that when we finally do look up we realize we have completely drifted to some other table and are now, quite possibly, pushing our way into someone else’s seat! Dare I say… AWKWARD.
Think of the manna that God brought to the people of Israel. At first they were confused too “What is it?” they say in Ex.16:15. What does Isaiah 53:2 say about Jesus? There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance that would have drawn us to Him. So could we be missing Jesus from our vantage point because we are looking for something we think is more glorious?!
...in the morning you will be filled… Ex. 16:12 says regarding the manna. See the manna/bread was provided from heaven daily. God in His pure Word (Psalm 119:140) says in Matthew 6:11,34 that we too are to trust Him daily for our needs and not worry. He knows what we need before we ask so maybe if we are upset because we do not feel peace or patience or whatever else in our current seat, might it be we were seeking those things from Him more than we were seeking Him? If we seek Him we will find Him and He already knows what we need. We need to be willing to open our hearts wide to receiving it. Gathering the manna was the peoples job wasn’t it. He longs to teach me of His sufficiency and its there every morning if I’ll take time seated in the seat He has pulled out for me at His table to gather it (Lam. 3:22-23, 2 Cor. 12:9).
Life is full of joyful uncertainty that we can face enthusiastically when we are certain of Him; the all sufficient Bread Of Life. May we take our seat in life, but first lets make sure we have found His table.