I just wanted to share a gift the Lord gave to me, some years ago.
I was pondering in my heart a clear understanding of Faith. What was it? What made it recognizable. The Lord shared the following with me.
When you want to make a cake, the first thing you do is gather the ingredients. If you are like me, that means you have cake mix, three eggs, one stick of butter, and one cup of milk.
I then whip it smooth and pour into a prepared cake pan and slide it into the oven. At 350 degrees I bake it for 30 to 35 minutes. Or until done.
There is nothing better than consuming a moist, warm piece of cake. Slathered with rich fluffy icing. Add a cup of cold milk or some ice cream. Yum, yum. yummy!
The Lord pointed out the obvious. When did you have a cake? After you had baked it or before?
I understood immediately. Though the cake was not molded into its final form. In the form I would later devour, I had the cake when I had the ingredients.
The cake was complete and present even before it had gone into the oven. The hope was for the cake, not the final presentation. Once I had the ingredients, I had the cake.
Once I understood that faith was the ingredient of my hope, sliding into the baking phase was logical and necessary. You can’t fear the fire, it plays a part as well.
“Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen!” (Hebrews 11:1)
I hope you can see the logic and hope of Faith too. Get out your ‘Suzy Home Baker’ and let’s believe GOD!