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Reverse The Curse

December 9, 2014

 My wife makes incredible granola! She could actually sell the stuff and make a ton of money! She has a secret recipe that she has finely honed until it’s . . . well, perfect. (OK, now I’m hungry.)

You should be at our place when she makes it; once a week is Granola Making Day (GMD). She makes a huge batch that lasts us for about a week. For several hours, as she mixes, cooks, bakes, and dries the granola, the entire house smells granola-y! M-m-m.

Several years ago I was in charge of GMD because my wife was out of town. Things were going well . . . until I got to the “oil” portion of the recipe. I didn’t have any of the oil it asked for, and I didn’t want to head to the store with two kids in tow, so I did what any self-respecting guy would do: I improvised! I thought, Hey, oil is oil, right? So I decided to use olive oil instead—and not just the “light” kind, but the “extra virgin” olive oil (the only kind any self-respecting Puerto Rican would always have on hand). I reasoned, Extra virgin means extra flavor!

Well, the rest of the day went off without a hitch . . . until we decided to have breakfast for supper—one bite was all we needed to discover that this was an epic fail!

Nice story, but what’s the point? If you ignore a recipe and try to substitute your own ingredients—even if it’s just one—bad things will always happen; this rings true of food . . . and life.

Long ago in a garden God left His children with a specific recipe for success, but they decided to do their own thing (see Genesis 3), and the results, predictably, left a very bad taste in all our mouths.

It was in the midst of that colossal mess that God pronounced some dire consequences, but He also injected hope by telling them that He Himself would fix the faux pas they had made. Here’s how He put it: “You [serpent, aka Satan] and this woman will hate each other; your descendants and hers will always be enemies. One of hers [Jesus] will strike you on the head, and you will strike him on the heel” (Genesis 3:15, CEV).[*]

God, through Jesus, would in effect reverse the curse that we (humanity) had caused so long ago. So this month, as you spend time with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts, take some time to give God thanks for the greatest gift of all: Jesus, the right ingredient, that completed the recipe for your salvation.

Have a wonderful Christmas, a Happy New Year and I’ll see you in 2015!

[*] Scripture quotations identified CEV are from the Contemporary English Version. Copyright © American Bible Society 1991, 1995. Used by permission.


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