“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2.3 NIV).
In the past few years, I’ve really developed a knack for cooking and baking. I think that now since my three kids have gotten a little older, I actually have time and energy to be more creative in the kitchen. This morning my daughter and I made our special banana chocolate chip muffins. I can trust that my daughter will be my sous chef anytime the recipe calls for chocolate. The aspect I love most about baking–besides eating–is that there is immediate gratification for my efforts.
I mix the ingredients, pour the batter into a pan, place the pan into the oven and in a a few minutes, my creation is complete. Everyone in the family gets to enjoy the fruits of my labor. This is a nice reprieve from a lifestyle of faith that calls for years of waiting on God’s promises to come to fruition.
The Bible is full of stories of men and women reaching their God-given promises after years and years of waiting.
- Joseph had to wait in slavery and jail for his promise to be second in command.
- Hannah had to wait in barrenness for her promise of a son, Samuel the prophet.
- David had to wait in the caves for his promise of kingship.
- Paul had to wait for years making tents for his promise of an apostolic ministry.
- The entire nation of Israel had to wait hundreds of years for their promise of a Messiah.
God calls us years before He actually commissions us. And the time in-between is spent preparing us. There is no other way around the wilderness to our Promise Land. The longer we delay entering into the desert places of our promises, the longer it will take to walk into our victory.
I’ve grown accustomed to waiting because I trust that God’s promises are sure and true. I don’t doubt. I don’t become discouraged. I am confident that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1.6 NIV). I wait on God, work towards my promises by faith and enjoy the small things in life that produce immediate results, like banana chocolate chip muffins.
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1.20 NIV).
Kiki’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Mix wet ingredients into separate bowl
3 mashed ripe bananas
2 cups of greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
2 large eggs
1 stick of melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix
Add 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Spray muffin pan with coconut oil
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes