Restaurant Faith - Part Two
My restaurant experience may have changed dramatically since having children, but one thing has always stayed the same. Whenever I go to a restaurant, I order my food and wait for it to arrive. Another constant has been that I am always excited when it finally arrives. There are not many small joys greater than the waitress arriving at the table with a tray of hot food.
When it comes to my expectations at restaurants, I have come to rely on this particular part of their service. The restaurant could be fine dining, casual or a fast food drive through. When I order my food, I wait patiently for it to arrive and am filled with happiness when it finally does.
I call this restaurant faith. We all know what it looks like and most of us have experienced it before.
If you can begin to use your restaurant faith and apply it to your relationship with God, you will receive more than a good meal — your hunger and want for anything will be satisfied.
There was a time I wanted to be a Christian who was able to gamble responsibly. I was jealous of people who could gamble like me but weren’t experiencing terrible consequences like I had. At the time, I didn’t realize that the life of someone in sin is not worth chasing after. As I wrote yesterday, Psalm 37 tells us that the fruit of that kind of life, no matter how appealing it is one day, will someday wither and fade.
Psalm 37 was a life changing Scripture for me as a new born again believer in 2012 because I saw God’s roadmap for running away from the sin in my life that entangled my choices between bad and good.
1Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
In 2012, when I read the above verses for the first time, it was like God was saying to me, “Don’t worry about what the other poker players are doing. Worry about you. Their lives aren’t as good as you think and they have their own problems. Trust me and try and do good right where you are. The things you really want and your purpose in life are found through a relationship with me. I know I said this already, but I need you to trust me ok. Trust is really important in our relationship.
If you can trust me, I will reward you with the life I designed for you and other people will notice. Wait patiently for it because it will take some time for everything to happen. Please don’t go back to your old life while you wait, you might miss out on what I have for you. Try to stay calm and don’t be angry that things aren’t working out just yet. The lives of those who do not put their trust and hope in me won’t be pleased with the outcome, but John, if you can do those things you will receive a great inheritance.”
Our relationship with God is about trust and hope. Hope is the desire to see something happen. Trust is the ability to believe in something. When you order a meal at a restaurant, you hope it will be delicious and you trust in the waitress to bring it to your table.
Have you ever ordered food anywhere and left before it arrived because you thought it would never come?
This is how we treat our relationship with God sometimes. We pray and give our requests to God in the same we give our food request to the waitress. However, with God when His response takes too long or we see others getting their food (prayers answered) before us we leave without receiving our own.
Are you more patient at the restaurant than you are with God? I know sometimes I am. Do you trust the waitress to bring your food more than God to answer your prayers? I know sometimes I do.
I think it’s time we both stop using our faith more in the restaurants than we do in our relationship with God.
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