By Brenda Wood | Author and Speaker
Devotions | Saturday, June 30, 2012
A tattered magazine cut-out of my Mom’s lists substitutions for different baking items. Short of brown sugar? Just add two tablespoons of molasses to a cup of white. Have no soy sauce? Use 3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce plus 1 tablespoon water. 1 tablespoon of any fresh herb can be replaced with 1/2 teaspoon dried. None of these substitutes are perfect but they do in a pinch.
Some substitutions totally upset the cooking cart. Two cups corn syrup equals 1 cup granulated sugar, but be careful when substituting and never use it in baking.
Moses begged God for a substitute.
Exodus 4:10, 13-And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue. And he said, Oh, my Lord, I pray You, send by the hand of [some other] whom You will [send] (AMP).
Finally God gave up and let him have one.
Exodus 4:14-Then the anger of the Lord blazed against Moses; He said, Is there not Aaron your brother, the Levite? I know he can speak well. Also, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be overjoyed (AMP).
God always has a substitute available but like food stand-ins, they have their drawbacks.
Exodus 4:15-16- You must speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you what you shall do. He shall speak for you to the people, acting as a mouthpiece for you, and you shall be as God to him (AMP).
And sometimes they are a hindrance. Aaron often disappointed both God and Moses, because he chose the voice of the people, over the voice of God. (See Exodus 32)
Prayer: Lord when you give us something to do, give us the grace to stand up to the task, not beg for a stand-in. In Christ’s name. Amen.
“I believe Jesus is the answer to every question.” Brenda Wood is a motivational speaker, writer and author of Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living. She is also a recovered bulimic who has gained and lost several 1000 pounds over the years! She understands the pain of overweight and the agony of life with an eating disorder. Brenda is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humor and quirky comments.
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