I’ve never really understood the meaning of you can’t have your cake and eat it too until I recently looked it up, because I’m trying to figure out why can’t I have the cake and then eat it. But the way this should read is “You can’t eat your cake and have it too!” Still confusing, I know, but let me elaborate.
You go into a bakery for a piece of strawberry (or whatever flavor) cake and you buy the biggest piece they have. When you get home you put the cake on the table and it sits there. What’s the sense in buying the cake if you are not going to eat it? BUT, if you eat it you will no longer have it. So you have to choose. If you don’t eat it, it’ll dry out after a few days so it won’t be any good anyway and if you eat it, it’ll be gone but you can always buy another piece, right?
Well take for an example, you’ve been worrying God for a job in the field that you’ve graduated in. You’ve been applying here and there waiting for the phone call that can possibly change your life. You know that when you get this job, it’ll be your career with the right money and benefits, so you’re waiting. Finally your dream job is calling! You ace the interview and get most of the things you asked for (the cake) and you couldn’t be happier! The one thing you didn’t realize is the odd hours you will have to work. Now, you’re complaining because there will be some nights and weekends involved. This isn’t what you had hoped for, but it’s the job you been waiting for, right? Well you can’t eat the cake and have it too? Either you take the cake (the job) as is, eat it and move on or you place it on the table (on hold) and watch it dry up, but you can’t do both. Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” But are you willing to work for that desire? There’s a slim chance that you will always get exactly what you want every time. If this is the dream job you’ve always wanted and God has blessed you with it, why are you second guessing it? Yea, the hours may be horrible to start, but they might not last that way. Don’t be too quick to give back your blessing because it might not be there the next time you ask.
Not you? Well maybe you’ve been praying for a house that you can call a home. You tell your real estate agent all the things you want; 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, a bonus room, living room, dining room, a spacious kitchen with a separate laundry room. She or he finds a home that offers all of these things on your list and you go to see it and you’ve claimed it as yours! You and your husband sit down to discuss the logistics of the sale and you realize the cost of your dream house is over your budget, so you need to think on it. It has all of the things you want, you love it but is it really worth the extra money? What do you do? Do you take the cake and eat it (buy the house) or do you sit it on the table (on hold) and let it dry out? You can’t have it both ways. Do you sacrifice some things in order to get the blessing that is staring you in the face or do you walk away? Matthew 7:8 says “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Didn’t you ask? God gave it! Didn’t you seek? God showed you? Didn’t you knock? God opened the door for you. Don’t be too quick to leave your cake on the table because when you come back it just may be gone. If you’ve done all that God has asked of you and he’ll do all that you ask of him. God will maintain all that he ordains, but you first have to trust him.
I understand that telling you to step out on faith is easier than doing it, but how will you know if you don’t try. I never would have thought that I’d be writing a devotional blog every day for you to read but I am. You know why? Because I trusted God and I stepped out on faith. If I failed at it, then I just did. I won’t cry if I spill the milk, I’ll just wipe it up and do something else. God has blessed us all with gifts or talents. Don’t believe me? Read 1 Corinthians 7:7 which say “I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.” Or Romans 12:6 that say “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” If God has entrusted us with the gifts that we have, why not use them? What’s the sense of sitting them on a table to dry out, or on a shelf to be covered in dust? In order to increase your gift you have to use it. It’s like a balloon; in order for the balloon to expand you have to fill it with air. If there is no air, then the balloon doesn’t serve its purpose. It’s the same with your gift or talent. If you have the gift of a beautiful voice, how will you ever increase your range or how can it be heard if you never use it? If you have the gift of cooking, how can you increase your taste pallet without trying other things or how can you increase the dishes you cook if you never cook anything but the same things over and over? 1 Peter 4:10 say “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
In order for you to climb over the wall you’ve been holding on too, you’ve got to eat the cake. You want to get a college degree, you’ve had the application in your hand for a while, fill it out (eat the cake)! You want to change jobs and the promotion has been looking you in the face for a month now, apply for it (eat the cake)! You want to start your small business and the opportunities are there, step out and believe in yourself and do it (eat the cake)! Get yourself focused, stop waiting on someone else to do something for you, make it happen for yourself because all you have to do is eat the cake. I can guarantee that if you leave a slice of cake laying on a table in your house on in the break room on your job long enough, somebody will eventually eat it or it will dry out. One thing about a dried out cake, you can’t add water to it to make it edible once it has. So eat it now while it’s fresh and good. Stop putting off for tomorrow the things you can do today. You’ve been blessed with your talent or gift, use it! Deuteronomy 31:8 say “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-6