I was reading Hosea this morning and this portion of text stands out. Hosea 7:8 “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned.”
This scripture reminded me as a youth when I tried my hand at cooking
pancakes for the first time. I didn’t know I had to cook both sides, so I
watched the top dough bubble as it cooked. What I discovered, as I
tried to eat my pancake, it was un-eatable. The bottom was cooked and
the top was raw.
It’s amazing God would refer to Ephraim this way. They had been warriors
of Israel. The first to battle, known for their skill and standards.
Now they are a half baked cake! Maybe that is where the term half-baked
comes from?” The Thesaurus says half baked means “not thought out,
crackpot, ill considered, unbalanced.”
As we watch the church world mix more an more of the world into
themselves. I wonder if we have become a cake unfit to be eaten. On an
individual basis, we meet people of this kind everyday. They are not
balanced. They have too much of one thing and too little of another.
They are people who go to extremes. They are often burned to a crisp on
one side but raw on the other. When you see or hear them you know they
are going to be talking one extreme and criticizing anyone who doesn’t
follow their idea.
My advice this today is get balanced! God hates any imbalance. The
only one thing that we should center on is Jesus. But even Jesus didn’t
just minister one thing, nor did any of the apostles. Ask yourself is
all you talk about faith or is all you talk about salvation, or is all
you talk about healing, is all you talk about grace, is all you talk
about law, or is all you talk about end times, is all your talk about
prosperity. We can’t get lost in one thing and forget that everything
in the word of God is balanced.