The Best Recipe
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).
I think it would not be an overstatement to say that everyone enjoys eating; some people like Esau would trade anything for food. After all, in our desperate moments of hunger and starvation, who wouldn’t do whatever it takes to get some food. Yet, when food is poorly prepared as a result of not following the right recipe, we detest it and are hardly excited at eating. It is amazing that in food preparation, two people could use same ingredients and get two opposite (delicious and disgusting) results simply because one followed the right recipe while the other did not. The same principle is applicable to our daily lives.
The mind of God is to bless everyone and give us the best in best in life that we wish for and anticipate. However, there are principles to follow in order to fully benefit from and enjoy all that God has prepared for us. It is similar to following the recipe for preparing a particular kind of dish. Two people with same ingredients can end up with two opposite results (blessing and curse).
We are all given opportunity to be human beings: we all bear the image of God which gives us the opportunity to relate with Him in any location or circumstances; we all exist in nature and are part of nature which speaks profoundly about the reality of God (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:19-20); we all have the opportunity to know God and experience His salvation in our lives (some have even been raised in Christian homes, or predisposed to Christian influence over an extended period of time), yet we sometimes end up two opposite results–blessing or curse. Why? Our attitude at following the recipe.
In Psalm 1:1, the Scripture declares: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” We can enjoy the bounties of heaven and the privileges of happy and fulfilling lives here on earth by simply following God’s plan for our lives. God requires us to walk in His counsel (follow all His instruction in the Bible–the divine recipe); He requires us to stay away from the company of those who device evil plans against innocent people, those who mock other people and delight in seeing others suffer and groan in pain. God loves those people who are inflicted with pain and things that cause suffering and therefore, He calls everyone to follow His recipe not because He wants to deny us of any pleasure or happiness, but so that we may enjoy the best of life. and be “like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3 NKJ). How beautiful our world would be if we follow the best recipe in our daily lives, in our families, in our churches, in our human societies. The best recipe is the word of God.
Pastor Elems O.
Director of Youth/Campus Ministries, WAD.