Prove your Faith

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

Bread appears many times in the Bible. God provides manna for the Israelites in the wilderness; delivers sandwiches to Elijah by courier raven; feeds 5000 people with five small loaves at a bring and share lunch; and chooses it as the symbol of Jesus’ body broken for all.

Recently I decided to make my own bread. I found a recipe and bought all the ingredients – flour, oil, salt and yeast. Having mixed the constituent parts together with warm water and kneaded them into dough, I placed the mixture into a greased baking tin.

The next stage involved letting the dough prove in a warm place. Proving simply means leaving to rest, and allows the yeast to convert sugars into Carbon Dioxide. This produces the air pockets that give bread its spongy consistency and causes the dough to double in size.

I was in a hurry that morning and decided to speed up the process by reducing the time I allowed for the bread to prove. This was a big mistake. When I removed the loaf from the oven I discovered a small, heavy, stodgy brick only good for the birds.

There are periods in our lives where outwardly little seems to be happening. It can be tempting to try and move things forward but sometimes God is simply letting us prove. He is at work within us. This is preparation for the work He will do through us in the future.

Father, thank you that you are never in a hurry but know exactly what we need and when we need it. Help us to accept times of rest as well as being ready to act when you call. Amen

By Adam, Northampton, UK