Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
I am into breadbaking. When I first read a recipe' for Peasant Bread, I was surprised to learn that true peasant bread does NOT require all the kneading that regular bread does. I thought this sounded like a fine idea, as the kneading and spanking is a major part of the work of breadbaking. So I made a batch of Peasant Bread following the recipe' exactly. The result was a very course bread that was almost impossible to put butter, jam or peanut butter on because the interior was riddled with huge bubbles that made holes clear through the slices. I still use the Peasant Bread recipe', but I insert a good deal of kneading to mix the ingredients well, and spanking to remove the bubbles from the sponge.
You will notice the same thing if you watch a potter working with their clay. They may pound and pound the raw clay with the effect of bringing the tiny bubbles to the surface where they will break. If they did not do this, those bubles could cause a flaw in the finished pot which would make a weak place in the wall of the vessel.
Not restricted to breadbaking or pottery, you will see the same kind of thing if we watch a blacksmith, hammering and hammering a piece of steel; stretching it out, folding it back, and hammering some more. The Smithy is forging the steel to make it less brittle, tougher and stronger. You know how brittle Cast Iron is? The forging takes care of that –
When you feel that you are being hammered, remember this. You cannot have a strong vessel if the air bubbles have not been hammered out of the clay first. You cannot have a strong sword, knife, or similar steel tool unless the brittle cast iron has been hammered and hammered to make it tough. God knows what is best for us; he lets us get hammered now and then to remove our weak spots and to toughen us for the battles ahead.
Isaiah 64:8 (KJV);
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
May God bless each one of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.