Grace and peace be unto you.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…” (Psalm 23:5).
Do you know that you can feel safe and secure while living in the midst of your enemies? Scripture says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9).
The story is told that David decided to live in the land of the Philistines to escape from Saul. Hence, he and his six hundred men went over to Achish, son of Maok king of Gath. David asked him for a place in one of the country towns and he gave him Ziklag. When Saul learned that David was living in the land of the Philistines, he stopped pursuing him. David lived there for one year and four months. (1 Samuel 27: 1-7).
David saw the land of the Philistines as enemy territory until he needed to escape from Saul. Then, he recognized it as a safe haven. God granted him favor in the land of his enemy; he gave him an entire town in which to live. Scripture says, “When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.” (Proverbs 16:7).
Sometimes, our perspective of God is limited, consequently, we do not see the opportunities that he provides in our time of need. Nevertheless, he is asking us to spend more time in his presence so that our perspective will be transformed. He is pleased when we trust in him with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
Heavenly Father, we praise you for your love and ingenious ways. Help us to be receptive to your guidance. In Jesus’ name, amen.