November 4, 2018

God’s Preparations

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 4, 2018

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5

The Lord is a bountiful benefactor to all who believe. Christ consistently looks ahead and anticipates the needs of those who love Him. Are you in need of education? He is aligning the necessary resources. Are you praying for a husband or wife? He is orchestrating relationships. Are you seeking a career transition? He is preparing the way.

Like a seasoned chef, the Lord prepares a table of provision that is customized to our circumstances. His appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts are all beautiful to behold. The spread from our Savior provides a variety of spiritual and physical nourishment; so when we leave the Lord’s Table of provision, we are full and content. He provides opportunities.

There are naysayers who are enemies of faith-filled living. They have to explain the unexplainable and take personal credit for any results they experience. But it is in the presence of unbelievers that the Lord can make believers. How do you define a life that lives for the Lord and in service to others? God’s preparation produces faith followers.

“If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11).

The expectations of others can fall short, but the Lord never disappoints. His preparations and provisions are thorough and thought through. He anoints us with love and respect, and our cup of joy runs over in gratitude to our great God. In the presence of Jesus there is no prejudice, just provision. Thus, bow in worship, and receive His beautiful blessings.

Jesus said to Simon, “‘You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven’” (Luke 7:46–48).

The Lord’s last preparation for His people is the marriage supper of the Lamb. This grand and glorious celebration is for all who have embraced Christ as their Savior and Lord. Have you opened your invitation from Jesus for forgiveness and grace, intimacy and provision?  Have you, by faith, sent your confirmation to this gala with God? He has prepared the way for those He loves; so follow by faith, and enjoy the journey with Jesus.

“Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God’” (Revelation 19:9).


Heavenly Father, I pray for patience and trust in You in preparation for Your plan for my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Am I pleased with the Lord’s preparations for my life? Am I prepared to meet Him?

Related Reading

Psalm 68:10; Jonah 4:6–8; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Timothy 6:17

Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2

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