It’s someone’s birthday, somewhere…so let’s talk about cake for a sec! Mmmm 😋
Ever think about the process cake goes through before it’s ready to be used / eaten? There’s some beating, some stirring, some cutting, and of course…lots of heat. But in the end, it’s worth it…right? RIGHT!
I’m ridiculous…so today, I was thinking: what would it be like to be cake batter?!
Yeah, that whole process became less exciting from that perspective 😂…. and it lead me to Isaiah 6:5-7.
God was about to commission Isaiah but Isaiah was pretty much telling God “Nope, I’m just a bowl of bad ingredients. You don’t want me”. (That’s my version…but click the link and read it for yourself! lol)
God knew Isaiah was telling the truth but instead of not using him, He sent an angel to purify his mouth so he could be used.
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
THIS IS HOT COAL Y’ALL! Remember that stove you had to touch to learn that stoves are hot? Yeeeeeah, well amplify that heat by, like, a whole lot! Even the angel had to use tongs to pick it up! Can you imagine what Isaiah thought when that coal came barreling toward his face?!
Just like that coal, sometimes our purification process is hot. It’s uncomfortable. It’s painful. It may even seem like it’s going to take us out…but ultimately, it’s necessary. Also, just like Isaiah, each of us have things God needs us to execute but we also have impurities that He’ll need to work out of us so we can be used at our full capacity. Some of those impurities are things we don’t know we have and some are things we won’t even want to get rid of. Either way, our destiny is hinged on us being like Isaiah…willing to endure the purification process even when it seems unpleasant.
Isaiah, nor the Bible, ever mention how long the coal touched his lips or whether it hurt. All we know is that it worked because in verse 8, Isaiah eagerly accepted his commission which was ultimately a key part of his destiny.
With that being said, what you’re going through right now may be “hot”. But eventually, if you keep pressing and enduring…it’ll all work out for your good and God’s glory!
Now, have some cake & of course…