A Feast in the Fight
by Michael S. Tyrrell
June 29, 2021
This morning I was reading a devotional on how God brings us through chaos. I immediately noticed it read “through” the chaos, not “out from” the chaos.
If I’m being perfectly honest, I would love to be delivered out from the chaos rather than be brought through it. Lillian and I have been feeling weary from all we have been going through; it can feel like one attack after another. Some days it feels more like an onslaught. Yet God knew this short devotion was exactly what I needed to help me lift my eyes off of me and onto Him.
The highlighted scripture reading was Psalm 23, particularly the first part of verse 5: “You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies…”
The author was sharing how unusual a picture this forms, that God would prepare a table of feasting for us in the midst of our battles. I visualized myself sitting at a table enjoying a time of conversation and good food with the Lord in the middle of a field while a battle raged all around us! It sounds like a scene straight out of some absurd Monty Python comedy, right?
It’s really not that different from the scene in the gospels where Jesus is sleeping soundly in the back of the boat while the disciples are fighting for their lives to keep the boat from sinking by the fierce wind and waves of a sudden squall. When they call out to Him, Jesus gets up, commands the storm to cease, and then proceeds to call them out on their lack of faith.
It’s the perfect picture of the confidence we need to have in Jesus, that He has everything under control. His promises to those who love and follow Him are that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); that we can be at peace because The Lord Himself will fight for us (Exodus 14:14); that we can cast all our cares upon Him because He cares for (takes care of) us (1 Peter 5:7); that in Him we can find rest for our weary souls (Matthew 11: 28, 29).
Those are just a few of the many promises He has made so that we don’t need to fear or despair in this life if we have placed ourselves under His perfect and loving care.
When every trouble, worry, fear, grief, and exhaustion clamors for our attention, Jesus wants to take you by the hand and seat you at a table He has prepared for you. He wants to share in this feast with you even while the war rages around you. His love and desire for companionship is not affected by your circumstances. In fact, like a good father, He desires, especially in difficult times, to be your shelter.
He says, “I’ve got this. Come sit with me. Let me be your refuge and peace. Let me nourish you.”
Whether He chooses to save us from the battle before it’s begun or give us the victory through the battle, is completely His prerogative. All we need to do is believe in Him, and trust Him, and spend time with Him. He is our greatest and fiercest ally. Oh what a friend we have in Jesus!
Yep, I think I’ll make my dinner reservation with Him now, in the midst of the battle.
God bless you, friends. See you next week. Till then…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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