I enjoy hosting folks for a meal in my home. I love to cook up a home cooked, comforting dish and serve it to friends and family. I believe good food and fellowship nourishes the soul, not just the body. I will think about what my family or guests might like. Sometimes I will contemplate what has been going on in their life. If I know my husband had a trying day, one of my kids had a hard test, or I just want to love on them a bit extra, I may make a favorite of theirs for dinner (or dessert). Family dinner has always been a priority for us so we sit at the table every evening, enjoying the food, and have open honest fellowship. It is often the highlight of my day. I have never made a meal for my family, sat it on the table in front of them, and only let them look at it. I have never tempted them with the smell of delicious delicacies and not offered them to partake in them. That would be cruel. My family knows this so each evening they come expecting, they come hungry. They know a meal will be waiting for them, the table is a safe place to talk, and their bodies and soul will be fed. I was spending some time with the Lord recently and He gave me a picture to understand His goodness. Scripture says “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11 NKJV. He is a good dad and He knows how to give good gifts. He gently told me that He had prepared good gifts for me just as I prepare good meals for my family. The fact that I get hungry, that I yearn to have peace, love, joy, and all of His good gifts in life, creates opportunity for me to taste and see that He is good (Psalm 34:8). Scripture promises us that trials will come (John 16:33, James 1:2-8). These make me hungry for His goodness. He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies and we fellowship together, even in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23). He is good. He gives good gifts. The fact that I desire that, that I hunger, is proof of His goodness. It is not proof of an uncaring God that is indifferent but one that wants me to be able to enjoy and savor the gifts He has for me. If I was constantly full I would never be able to enjoy the other gifts He has for me. He is always urging me forward, increasing my desire for more of His goodness. This is not because He is cruel, it is because He wants to give us more. I encourage you to come hungry, pull up to HIs table, receive His good gifts, and bring a friend to share in His goodness.
In His Service,