Have you ever stopped to think how many times God has prepared a table for you in the desert? By this, I mean that all of us have been through some moment of tribulation, because we live in a world fallen by sin, but as it is written in the Holy Scriptures, even in the worst situations the Lord is with us and more than that, he prepares banquets in the desert, as it is written in Psalm 78.
In this chapter, the miracles of God are counted – that were made for your people who left Egypt for the Promised Land. The Bible points out the desert as a place of trial, where we are taught and improved. Certainly the people of Israel had to go through this arid place, because as we saw along this Psalm, even God caring and bringing supplies, their hearts were full of ingratitude and murmuring.
We must never doubt the miracles of our Lord, we must remember his righteousness and benevolence. The desert is a place of preparation, where He is forging you for something greater, that is, no situation is in vain, through your life God wants to manifest the Glory of Him. Jesus went through the desert, where he was tempted, but he did not let himself be shaken, on the contrary, using God’s own word he stood firm and that is what we must do.
At the beginning of this week, I was leaving work and called an application car, because soon a storm would fall here in São Paulo where I live. It took me a long time to find a driver, I was already worried and impatient, until finally a car came and when I entered I realized that was playing a hymn.
I’m a very talkative person so I was already talking to the gentleman who was driving, we started talking about the weather – that classic topic to pull conversation – and then he asked me if I was leaving work, so I told him I work here in the Bible Offline.
At this moment he opened a big smile and told me that he was a pastor, increased the volume of the hymn he played and we started talking about how the pandemic has impacted people’s lives and how it is a time when more than ever we need to stay strong, with so many unemployed and people losing family.
In spite of this, we remembered about the way God has manifested his Glory, bringing provision and hope, even in the midst of the crisis to his children – even here at home, where my family was also affected – so he told me the phrase that gave this text its name: “God is an expert in preparing a banquet in the desert. We followed the journey talking about the wonders God has done in our lives.
Finally, I would like to ask you to reflect throughout today on the banquets that God has already prepared for you in the midst of the tribulations and even during the pandemic. Our nature is to murmur, be ungrateful or even forget what God has done, but we need to change this, pray to the Lord and thank Him for everything He has already done and will still do.
God bless you!
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Glory be to God the most high 🙏
Amen, God has been faithful
Some banquets in the desert for myself have been….at the end of February my son and I lost his dad to cancer. We managed to have just enough time to deal with his remains before stay at home orders kicked in. We have also, consistently been a struggling family, financially. I thought we might end up homeless but discovered, by listening to a whim to visit his family, that we could get survivor benefits. With the coronavirus happening everything went online but this actually sped up the processing so we got money in time to pay rent. God seems to be quite impressive with His relief timing. I am continually amazed by how perfect He really is. These sorts of things happen all the time and I am grateful for them because they keep me focused on God and my trust in Him is strong and growing more each day.
Thank you for sharing..God bless
Thanks my dear! Você não tem noção do quanto este post me ajudou. Your work are being very helpful in my life.
Thank you, looking forward to more reflexions!
Amen… A Grateful Prayer 🙏
Amen! Thank you Lord!❤🙌🏽😇
Thank you for the word that you share each day with us, because it is truly a banquet in the desert with us. I have to say Nichole you are of goodness from the Lord. I am thankful for all my blessing and continue too be ever more prayfull in this time even more. Thank you Jesus for your grace an mercy!🙏😊
Wow, Amen and Amen. What a powerful word. I am a testimony of the ” God ,the expert in preparing banquets in the desert. Thank you for your daily devotion.
Amen. I am grateful to God for everything. For me this pandemic rather brought me closer to God then ever before… So in all things we need to look for the good instead of the bad especially since we have God right by our side. #Positivethoughts
Yes, and Amen! God is good all the time, all the time God is good!
Indeed we must be grateful no matter what 🙏🙌 I glorify His name Jesus.Thanks for the testimony ,God bless
That’s a great post. But what stood out to me most was your testimony here. Two total strangers – through the journey of a car ride, shared so much wisdom and glory to God in that moment. Which all started from two small very simple acts…. One played a hymn in the car and the other…shared their place of work. Any one of us could of done that and had such a God honoring, encouraging, testimony giving conversation! This is so encouraging
God bless you! xx