“I Trust the Cook!”

“… feed me with food convenient for me:” Proverbs 30:8

Agur gives a little testimony about himself in this chapter and I can’t help but to agree with him. I actually feel a lot like him as I read his questions and prayer requests.

Agur knew himself. He knew his tendencies if he were to over indulge or was put in dire straits. He prayed that he would be removed from either extreme. Then he prayed that the Lord would feed him with food that was convenient for him. The word convenient, in this passage, means appropriate or fitting. He was praying that the Lord would give him that which would help him remain faithful. He was praying that the Lord would give him that which would best nourish him, physically and spiritually. He believed the Lord was able to do this. What was he saying in this prayer? “I trust the cook!”

Have you ever recognized the Lord as a cook? It says in Psalms 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” We find in John 21:9-12 that Jesus had prepared bread and fish beside the fire and invited the disciples to come and dine. Yes, our Lord is a cook. He knows what we need. He knows best.

Have you ever thought that maybe the Cook kept you from things that would puff you up? He didn’t give you all the money you wanted because He knew what it would do to you. He didn’t give you all of the advantages of wit, looks or inheritance because He knew it would spoil you.

How much better to pray and say, “feed me with food convenient for me” than to have to struggle with disappointment because you expected more. Or to struggle with envy because you wish you had what someone else has. When you pray as Agur, you are embracing the fact that the Cook knows best and He will serve up the dish that is most beneficial to you.

Some people don’t like the dish the Lord serves up and they leave it. They then wonder why they never experience God’s blessings in their lives. If you don’t eat the main course you don’t get dessert! Job was blessed doubly because he ate the difficult dish that was served him. David would enjoy a great reign as king because he ate the difficult dish of being chased by King Saul. Joseph would enjoy the dessert of ruling in Egypt because he ate the difficult dish of betrayal and slander.

I am not saying the dish is always tasty, but it is always best. Even Jesus would say at Gethsemane, “Father, take this cup from me, (here he was struggling with the taste) nevertheless not my will but thine be done.” What was he saying? He was saying, “I trust the Cook!”

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