WILL YOU COME AND SIT AT THE TABLE

When my oldest son was younger, he was alone in the house since his dad had gone to work. He became hungry and started looking for something in the cupboard but couldn’t find anything that he wanted to eat. So, he got creative and decided to call his grandfather to see if he could talk his Pa into bringing him something to eat. He picked up the phone, and when his grandfather got on the phone, he told him, “Pa, I am starving to death! If you don’t bring me something to eat soon, you’re going to read about me in the paper.” My son might have been a little dramatic in his statement since he was in no danger of starving to death. Lol! I have a friend who will say that he is “perishing” when he is hungry. That is actually more accurate, and I’ll show you what I mean.

How many of you eat meals regularly? Do you eat one time a day, twice, three times, or maybe even more? You are eating for a couple of reasons. Your body needs nourishment, you’re bored, you see someone else eating, and it looks good, or maybe because you’re stressed. I know that I will find myself looking in the refrigerator or cabinet for something to eat even though I am not hungry. It is something that I will find myself doing without even being aware of my actions. It is like I am trying to fill something inside me that is craving food.

All of this is talking about the earthly body and ways to maintain our health, but are you also feeding your spiritual needs? How many times a day do you go to the Lord in prayer, read your Bible, talk to others about the Lord, watch sermons or podcasts, or attend Church? (back in the good old days) What about weekly or monthly? If you fed your body the same amount as you fed your spirit, would you be perishing? Maybe your spirit is perishing too?

The Bible is FULL of references to us needing to be fed, and it is not the earthly body that is in need.

John 6:35

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Deuteronomy 8:3

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

When our earthly body is hungry, we might feel our stomach rumble and feel the need to eat. We have a choice to make, we can either feed it healthy foods, or we can feed it junk food that will leave us craving more later. The same is true with our spiritual needs. We crave a relationship with God, but some of us don’t recognize the pains that we are feeling is “God” related.

We can be lonely even though we are surrounded by people. We can be hurting inside and not know how to make it stop. Way too often, we try to fill the loneliness with people who are not good for us. We are looking for someone to love us unconditionally, but they end up leaving or hurting us. When we are hurting, we try to dull the pain with alcohol or drugs. Those will only dull the pain for a short period, and in a lot of cases, they cause even more destruction and pain than was originally there. This type of behavior is just like someone eating junk food. It gives you momentary satisfaction but leaves you wanting more later.

Psalms 63:1

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

I don’t know if you are hungry or perishing, but I am inviting you to the table. I am still a struggling believer, and I am sitting at the table waiting to be fed. There is a seat beside me, and I am inviting you to come and sit with me. I don’t want to be perishing, and I don’t want you to perish either.

I listen online to a Pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is energetic, somewhat crazy, and on fire for the Lord. His sermons are not short, so I get out a notebook and a Bible, and I listen for 30 minutes a day. Because I stop so much to look up passages and write down notes and verses, I usually only get 15-20 minutes of the sermon finished. So, one sermon will last me for almost a week. Next week is Easter, so I thought that I would share last year’s Easter video with all of you. Ironically, it is called the Thirst Trap.

Have A Blessed Day!

 

 

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  1. Kathy wrote:

    Thank you for the wonderful Sunday messages. I look forward to them every week. Blessings!

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Kathy! I am so happy that you enjoy them.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  2. Vickie wrote:

    Thank you for such a beautiful post today. Come to the table . . .

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I think that it is important to invite others to the table. I might not be someone who can tell them all that they need to know, but someone else at the table will be able to meet their needs.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  3. Sandra wrote:

    Love this devotional today!!! So appropriate!

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Sandra, I am so happy that you enjoyed the post. Invite others to your table.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  4. Julie Kapala wrote:

    Thank you, Tania … I’d take a seat at your table with our Lord anytime! Have a wonder full day, Julie <3

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Me too, Julia. But, we must invite others so that the table to full.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  5. Charlotte wrote:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and devotional. Something I definitely needed to hear!❤️

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Charlotte, for reading my Sunday posts. It makes me very happy to think that you get a message from God through me.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  6. Linda C wrote:

    Thank you for a much needed message from our Lord. May he bless you and yours and all of us..everyday…until we meet again in heaven.

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Linda, this made me tear up. Thank you for the blessings.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  7. Donna wrote:

    This reminds me of one of my favorite hymns “Table of Plenty”. One verse goes,

    O come and sit at my table
    where saints and sinners are friends.
    I wait to welcome the lost and lonely
    to share the cup of my love.

    Thanks for your messages!

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thank you for sharing that lovely hymn. We are to invite everyone to the table, everyone is a sinner.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  8. Liane wrote:

    “In my Father’s house are many rooms.” I bet they are well supplied with tables. 💒

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am sure that there are lots of tables and plenty of room for all of us.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  9. Elizabeth wrote:

    Great message. So I am curious – did his grandfather bring him something to eat. 🙂

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Well, let’s say that he didn’t starve. Lol!

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  10. Eve wrote:

    Pastor David Jeremiah comes on at 5:30 in the morning on AFR radio so I feed the cat, grab a cup of hot Earl Grey tea and listen to him. It’s a great way to start the day. His church is at the foot of shadow mountain in CA. I got interested because I love his name and the idea of pastor in a church at the foot of a mountain, just appealed to my poetic notions.
    I’ll definitely check out the preacher you listen too. It was a great post Tania and we all could do with a little more spiritual food and a little less carnal no doubt. From my table to yours, may God bless your day.

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That is a great name for a Pastor. The Pastor that I was talking about is named Michael and his brother is Gabriel. You think that their parents were believers?

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  11. Debby wrote:

    I look forward to your Sunday posts. God has blessed you with insight and using your words and wisdom to uplift and encourage all of us. I joined you for your taste in fashion (which I love) but enjoy these little sermonettes on Sunday even more. Love and blessings to you and your family

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am so glad that you found me for the fashion but stayed for the Sunday posts.

      Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  12. So glad you are sharing your salt and light with the world. I love your sunny disposition and know that your family is thankful for you. Thanks for being so upbeat and “walking on sunshine.” Your readers need this.

    Posted 4.5.20 Reply
  13. Angela Harris wrote:

    Sidewalk Prophets sing a song called ” Come to the Table” Come join the sinners who have been redeemed. Take your place beside the Savior!

    Posted 4.6.20 Reply
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