Faith? Just Go to the Store.

Have you ever gone to the refrigerator and said to yourself, “There’s nothing to eat?”

As a child, especially as a teenager, I remember being told to shut the door of the fridge. For five minutes I would just stand there staring. Who needs an air conditioner when you have a picky, hungry, spoiled teenager?

Adults do the same thing.

With my mother-in-law coming over for dinner (that’s a whole ‘nother story), I went to the fridge to see what to make. Upon opening the door, this is what I saw: milk, soft drinks, cheese, sweet pickles, and sour cream. There was literally nothing in there, or in the cabinets, with which to make an evening meal. So, I stared….and whined….didn’t want eggs….or carrots….or yogurt….especially with biscuits….until my wife said…

Just go to the store!

Wow! What a blessing we take for granted! “Just go to the store,” she says. No food? No problem – JUST go to the store. Somewhere a cow had given its life and was waiting for me to come pick out its remains from a cooler.

I go to the store, just like my wife suggested, and found everything we needed to grill some wonderful, 20% fat-filled, high-cholesterol comfort burgers on our Weber grill (cheap little one). On top of that, I picked up an onion, some buns, and a fresh, ripe tomato. Problem solved. No faith required.

“Give us this day our daily bread. … Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink…” – Matthew 6:11, 25a 

“God will provide.” Easy to say – hard to live.

In the early 90’s, when Romania was just beginning its walk with freedom, food was still a scarce commodity. Yet, whenever a guest like me would enter a home, the hosts would bring out the very best they had – ALL of it – and prepare a meal fit for, well, an American.  They really couldn’t afford it. In many cases, there was literally nothing left for the next day. So, in an effort to stop the madness, I tried to talk some sense into these over-hospitable people.

“Look,” I said, “you don’t need to do this…we’re fine…save this food for yourself…we won’t eat it all, so it would be a waste.”

“No problem,” was the reply – from a teenage girl, no less – “God will provide.”

In my smug, self-righteous, experienced-in-the-terminology-of-the-faith kind of way I responded, “But you don’t understand…”

“No, YOU don’t understand” the young girl said with almost a sad look on her face. “Don’t worry about us, because when this food is gone, there will be more.”

She said, “You see, the food you are eating now was not here yesterday, and we didn’t even know where it was coming from. We ate all we had yesterday, but God provided us with food for today. So, there may be nothing left after today for tomorrow, but that is no problem. He brought us food for yesterday and today, and He will take care of tomorrow.”

That’s what I call faith! We just go to the store.

“O [we] of little faith…” – Matt. 6:30

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15 responses to “Faith? Just Go to the Store.

  1. SteveC

    I guess Wal-Mart is a real faith buster for me then…Good post.

  2. heather joy

    Great post, Pastor Baker… and an even greater reminder in my own life.

  3. I’ll bet they didn’t have a 401K for retirement, or auto or homeowners insurance in case of accident or natural disaster, either! Oh we of little faith, indeed. Great post. I hope you won’t mind if I link to it for My Tuesday Three post for tomorrow. It fits perfectly with another post I just found, and I have faith that God has a third just a click or two away to round out the 3. Peace, Linda

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  5. outofedenministries

    Excellent post! I stumbled onto your blog and am delighted with what I’ve found! Keep up the good work.

  6. yes indeedy. God does provide. It is always a blessing to see that demonstrated every day..thank you for sharing.

  7. Thank you for the faith boost! It makes me wonder how much I don’t let Him do for me because I’m already on it . . .headed to the store.
    God bless you and congratulations for being featured at Linda’s today! 🙂

  8. Ann

    Thank you.

    I followed the trail from Linda K’s. 🙂

    This is a wonderful piece. I take away lots from what you’ve shared.

    ““No, YOU don’t understand” the young girl said with almost a sad look on her face. “Don’t worry about us, because when this food is gone, there will be more.””
    What a great display of faith in Him ! He provided yesterday, He will provide tomorrow… We read it and speak it but do we truly live it? Sometimes complacency gets the better of us.

    … Minutes of staring and still “there’s nothing to eat in here!!” …. What if we really had nothing to eat in there? Would we trust Him to supernaturally provide? ( I need to ask this of my family)

    Blessings,
    ann

  9. This story is amazing! Thank you for sharing! It really puts things in an entirely new perspective!

  10. I too would like to post this link!

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