Monday, June 22, 2015

Drive-thru Faith

By Andrea Merrell


“May I take your order please?” How many times do we hear that in the course of a week or month?

I recently read that the way some people spend time with God can be compared to fast-food fare or sitting down to a delicious meal at a fancy, fine-dining restaurant. It’s up to us.

When we become accustomed to living on spiritual fast food, it’s like driving up to the window and quickly picking out an item or two on the huge menu. We might even be asked if we want to super-size it. This can become an I’m-too-busy-to-slow-down-and-take-time mentality. Although it might satisfy our hunger for the moment, the needed nutrients are missing.

On the other hand, when we make the decision—and take the time—to put everything else aside and sit down to a nice meal, we come away relaxed and rejuvenated, full and satisfied.

Sometimes it’s okay—and even necessary—to grab something on the go, but we can’t make it a lifestyle. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing and to seek His face continually. That doesn’t mean we have to be on our knees 24/7. We can have an attitude of prayer and talk to God all throughout the day, but He still wants us to set aside a special time to dine with Him. Those times allow us to experience His presence as He recharges our batteries and fills us with renewed strength for the journey ahead.

Babies can get by on milk for only so long. When the milk no longer satisfies and nourishes, their little tummies growl, asking for something more substantial. It’s the same with us. We can only get by with the fast-food mentality so long. Then, our spiritual stomachs will growl, begging to be fed the life-giving meat of the Word.

Don’t allow yourself to become spiritually malnourished. Fill yourself daily with God’s Word.

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