I have a friend who will not eat in restaurants. She does not trust the cooks to prepare food properly. I have another friend who eats out whenever she can. Until recently, she had been the primary caregiver for her shut-in mom and never went out to eat.
Then, there is my friend who likes to eat out but will not order seafood. She believes restaurant chefs do not know how to cook fish correctly and she could get food poisoning.
Others of us love to eat out and put blind trust into every restaurant everywhere.
We all have varying levels of trust in the unseen cooks in the restaurant business. Sometimes we investigate. Food reviews and public health reports can inform our choices. But most times we do not. We merely place our trust in the chef and his/her staff.
Our restaurant behavior resembles our faith journey. Both require trust. Just as we have varying levels of trust in chefs, we have varying levels of trust in God. Some people dismiss all things faith related. Others pick and choose the parts of faith that are most palatable. Still others, are able to trust completely and place all their faith in God.
Trust in the Lord, however, is the essential for faith development. It’s a non-negotiable on the path of discipleship.
Without trust in God’s plans, we create barriers in our relationship with Him. The barriers block our reach for God’s goodness and blessings. When I lack faith in God’s wisdom, I no longer pray for His direction. When I lack faith in His healing power, I no longer bring my pain and sickness to Him. When I lack faith in His goodness, I no longer seek His presence.
Furthermore, lack of trust leads to a personal interpretation of God. While I may continue to believe in God, my belief would no longer be based on biblical knowledge. That kind of faith would be based on human interpretation of circumstances. These self-imposed boundaries reflect a personal understanding of the Divine rather than God’s true nature. Faith in God of the Holy Bible ceases.
Where do you place your faith?
Do you trust God Almighty? The One who is the King of Kings? The Maker of Heaven and Earth? Are you confident in His goodness and in His plan?
God maintains a promise for a life dedicated to Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Please note that this promise is not that you’ll never get sick nor have any crises. But when troubles do arise, the Lord will help make clear the way. You do not need to figure out everything on your own. Place your trust in God and seek Him every single day of life’s journey.
The banquet the Lord lays out is far better than any restaurant spread. The Lord calls all to the banquet. The time will come when friends and family will all gather to enjoy His feast.
Won’t you accept His invitation?
Come… and trust in the Lord with all of your heart!
Posted by Sharon R Hoover