Getting To Know God
Jehovah Rapha - The All-Knowing Healer
Food For Thought
One of the most common statements of regret in the kitchen is, "I'm just gonna wing it..."
Sometimes it taste better to measure first.
Wisdom is one of those things that you tend to value more when you use it in ways that keep you out of trouble. This is what makes God’s wisdom so unique. As our Healer, God exercises wisdom to properly diagnose and deal with our spiritual infirmities, preserving our souls unto eternal life. To do this according to His promises, God must exercise wisdom that keeps us out of the greatest trouble known to mankind – eternal condemnation in hellfire! He can’t miss. There’s no room for mistakes. There can’t be slips. God can’t learn on the job, or be unaware of factors that compromise His purpose. Often times, this is where doctors show their weakness. They don’t always have all the information, and thereby are ill-equipped to make the right call. Often times, doctors provide help by taking well-educated guesses based on science and experience. The problem is that medical science isn’t always exact, and experience doesn’t always suffice to help all issues, especially if experience is lacking. Not o mention, there’s the biggest issue of all – the condition of the body doesn’t help the soul at all.
God’s ability to know all of the factors involved when dealing with both physical and spiritual issues, sets Him FAR above all others. This is why He’s always right. This is why He never misses. This is why we can trust in Him to the degree that scripture commands. Each and every move that He makes is carefully calculated based on His supreme knowledge, awareness, and control of all things in heaven and earth. That’s a good place to be!
When considering the wisdom of God and how to illustrate that with food, baking immediately came to mind. While baking isn’t anything like medical science, and the things we bake are probably counter-productive to our physical well-being, we saw there is a common principle. Baking requires wisdom too. When baking, there’s not a lot of room for error. Good baking is based on magical chemical responses to ingredients; but that magic requires precise circumstances. You need to mix things in the right order, the right way, and for certain amounts of time. You need to have the right temperatures, the right tools, and proper restraint. Baking isn’t the place you want to wing it and hope for a good outcome. There are plenty of shows on TV these days that give us compelling proof that improvisation with baking, produces disasters.
One of the simplest and wisest things you can do in the kitchen, is measure your ingredients properly when baking. Use measuring spoons and cups. Deal with your ingredients slowly, methodically, separately, and carefully. Be precise. Follow instructions and recipes specifically. When we think we can out-smart the recipe is usually when we end up baking things that might be better used for abstract art or construction material.
Using basic wisdom when baking is a good illustration of God’s wisdom to save. When you stick to the plan as it is written (assuming you have a good recipe of course), and do the right things, the right way, using the right tools, in the right order, and measure your moves, the results can be absolutely delicious! This is why we pictured the adult hand guiding the child’s hand to do things correctly, after properly measuring. When our moves are guided by the LORD, using His Word as our recipe, we can trust that when things are finished cooking, life will be sweet because of His wisdom. Taking measured moves according to His Word helps keep us out of trouble. If it’s not good to improvise with something as simple as baking, how much more truer is this concerning the weighty matter of life?