A Table in the Wilderness

“Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” Psalm 78:19

I always chuckle when reading this verse, as I think of the sequence of miracles that God had performed to get them to this point and then they question His ability to feed them. He who brought about the plagues across the land of Egypt that resulted in Pharaoh releasing them from bondage, He who parted the Red Sea where they walked upon dry land and watched as their enemies were engulfed by the very waters He parted for them; could He now prepare a table for them?

The lack of perspective of the true extent of what had just happened in their lives seems to be lost; it was as if they were saying yeah that’s all great and good, but can you provide for our needs today? Can you feed us today?

Sounds so familiar, and my chuckle soon fades as I think back to times in which I have seen God do a miraculous work in my own life; yet find it oh too soon followed by my question of, but what about today? Can you solve this problem for me today? Can you prepare a table in the wilderness for me today?

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:5

There will be time spent in the wilderness. There will be times when we face the enemy. There will be times when there seems to be more questions than answers, but we always know He will prepare a table for us in the wilderness. Our vision is so limited, we exist within such limitations; our focus is on the moment, the now. If only we had eyes to truly see the magnificent power of what God can do, possessing the ability to hold on to that memory without wavering.

“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4

We can not comprehend what our God is truly capable of doing, but we can hold on to the fact that even in the wilderness He will prepare a table, He will make a way.

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.” Isaiah 43:19-20

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