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This Christian object lesson uses the basic ingredients of a cake to illustrate how both good and bad can come together to make something great! This is what God can do in our lives as we trust Him.
You can also found this lesson written for kids and youth - HERE.
Have a pre-baked cake or cup cakes finished and decorated. Also have on hand several ingredients used in making a cake from scratch such as flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, oil, etc.
Let's face it, we all want our cake and to eat it too! Cake is a yummy treat! But would we ever consider eating the ingredients of a cake separately?
A spoon of flour?
A raw egg?
A little oil?
Each of these are essential in baking a cake though.
Life can be a lot like a cake; separately there are some bitter times, some raw, hurtful times, and some dry, bland times.
Think of some "untasty", tough times you or others may have experienced. Life is full of disappointments, pain, suffering, and hurts. We may ask God why, and that's okay. The good news is God is able to use these for good as we trust Him; He can give them purpose.
Yes, bad things happen to everyone; no one is immune. We live in a sin-filled world. Some ingredients of a cake don't taste very good alone either, but they can serve a good and important purpose.
Now think of some good times! Would we really appreciate these as much if we never had any tough experiences? We appreciate the sunshine more after several days of rain. A warm blanket is even more cozy when it's bitter cold.
God is able to blend the good and the bad experiences in our lives together for our good and for His good purpose. All together they create a life that is meaningful, useful, and tasty...like a yummy cake!
Romans 8:28 is a beautiful promise: "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His good purpose."
Remembering God is at work even during the hard times when we may not sense His presence helps us persevere. We can trust Him; He is faithful. He is working out His good purpose for those who love Him.
The Bible is full of great examples!
No - all things are not good, but in God's hands they can be mixed and blended along with the good into a beautiful creation. It's during the bad times that we see how BIG our God is. He loves each of us and He is in control; we can trust Him!
If you're like me, my Bible devotion time is limited by the busyness of the day. Therefore I like to find ways for God to continue to bring back the thoughts and lessons from that time. That's where Christian object lesson take-alongs come in!
© Copyright 2008 Susan Smart
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