Posted by: goingfaraway | April 17, 2011

Chocolate Cake

One of the most common “hard” questions christians have to face is “why do bad things happen to good people?” Today I planned to get the youth sunday school class to give me their answers as a lead in for our study in Romans 8.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Why is life hard? Why did my parents split up? Why did her mom die? Why did dad lose his job? I love God, so why are these hard things still happening? It seems like He doesn’t care.

I recently read a good illustration for the verse quoted above. It went something like this:

Think of your life as a recipe for chocolate cake. The years of our lives as followers of Jesus are filled with individual experiences – some joyous, others grief-stricken. In the difficult moments, we wonder “how do these situations work together for the good?” Often we don’t find the answer until we live a little more life. Then we see how the fragmented pieces fit together to form a coherent and beautiful picture – a picture that won’t be totally finished until heaven.

A recipe calls for various ingredients that don’t make sense on their own (salt, baking soda, raw eggs), but once beaten together and subjected to high temperatures, the odd combination of sweet, salty, bitter, slimy, results in something delicious, gorgeous, even divine.

So it is with life. God, in His wisdom, knows what we can handle, and what “ingredients” it will take for us to become our best for Him. In other words, He knows how to make a killer chocolate cake.

I think Heaven will be full of chocolate cake.

That’s all.



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