God is The Master Chef! The past weekend I had an opportunity to watch episodes of my favorite cooking shows on the Food Network that I had taped on DVR,; Iron Chef America and Chopped. These are cooking competition shows between chefs. The premise of these shows is that competing chefs must making fabulous dishes with mystery ingredients, then they are presented to the judges to determine the winner based on taste, creativity, and presentation.
Having done some training myself in culinary school; I really enjoy watching just to get new ideas and to see what these chefs come up with. I am amazed watching the chefs transform the ingredients into something spectacular! It got me to thinking about God and how He wants to transform believers into being more like Christ so that He is glorified. That being said, we are definitely not a “mystery” to God. He has created each one of us.
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works.”
God knows everything about us; our emotional makeup, faults, and, personality traits. We cannot surprise God with our actions or behavior. Once we come to know Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are being transformed to be the godly man or woman that He desires. So what about the “Chef” part? Okay here’s my thought. As part of the transformation, God allows things to occur in our lives. Maybe it’s financial hardship,family tragedy, or an illness.
It’s like when preparing to make a pizza, the dough has to be stretched, kneaded, and rolled out so it is pliable for it to become a pizza crust. As Christians, our faith has to be “stretched” or tested. This allows our heart to become open to God’s leading as we seek Him in prayer. That is usually when we seek Him out.. during our most difficult or trying times. We tend to forget about God when things are going our way. The good news is that God knows exactly what we need but He wants us to realize that we need Him!
Living the Christian life according to His will is impossible in our own strength but with God nothing is impossible. Whatever the situation, God is still in control and He is aware of the pain or loss you are feeling.
“I can all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
As the “Master Chef”, God knows when we need a gallon of grace and mercy, a quart of wisdom, or even a pint of courage. Maybe your “recipe” requires a few ounces of humility, mixed with a couple tablespoons of thanksgiving. (That was my needed recipe before the stroke) Whatever, your situation, remember God loves you, He cares for you, and He wants you to glorify Him in all that you do.
There are an immeasurable number of ingredients available in God’s kitchen but we have to ask Him. So today whether it be a half gallon of patience, several cups of peace and direction, or a few teaspoons of joy. I hope you will go to God and tell Him that you love Him, you need Him and are trusting Him for what He is doing in your life. He will bring you through this circumstance. You will be encouraged and a beautiful example of what a Christian looks like when you allow the “Master Chef” to create the showpiece He has planned from the beginning.
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