I am getting ready for my visitors tomorrow. My house is clean now!!! So I go to the next step - the meal. I find that in order to keep clean I need to have a daily feast of God's word. I have found these simple steps work in getting ready to prepare and partake in this Divine Feast. I get the materials I need ready so I can be ready to go when it is time for the feast to begin. Let's get ready . . . .
First, I need to open the tablecloth to put on the table. Nothing can be taken in if our minds our not open to God and His word. Our minds should be ready to take in and focus on what God is going to say to us. Beginning this time in prayer is a good way to open and prepare our minds for this important feast.
Place the plates on the table. We need to desire to eat this fine food. The Psalmist in Psalm 19:10 tells us that God's word is "more to be desired . . . .than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."
Unfold the napkin and place it in your lap. When we open God's word we see God's truths unfolded in His word. When we place God's word in our laps, we see His law as truth and can apply them to our lives.
Use your fork. As one who is coming to this spiritual feast, we need to be ready to dig in to God's word. We are told in 2 Timothy 2:15 to "be diligent." So, get the fork ready to dig in and enjoy what He has in store for you.
Use your spoon. We do need to dig in to God's word, but unless we sip and savor it, we may not get all we should. When we take in God's word, we need to meditate on it. "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Joshua 1:8
Use your knife. As we take in and meditate on God's word, we need to let it cut our hearts so it will never leave us. "Your word I have hidden in my heart." Only then will it make a difference in our lives.
Keep your glass full. When we prepare for and participate in a feast like this, our cups will overflow with blessings from God. You will see your God feeding you (1 Peter 2:2), cleansing you (John 15:3), sanctifying you (John 17:17), building you up (Acts 20:32) and leading you (Psalm 119:105).
May you be blessed as you prepare for and partake in God's feast for you today and every day.