Some folks love to experiment with unusual combinations of ingredients and create special treats. The result may be delicious or it may be something even they are not able to swallow. If we just need to get something baked and don't have time to mess with disaster, a tried-and-true recipe is priceless. Measure the correct portion of each item, follow the directions for putting them together and the amount of time suggested for cooking or baking, and the results usually satisfy. Individual needs and quirks can dictate less sugar, more cheese, no salt... without spoiling the outcome as long as we follow the basic guidelines.
I am so thankful for Father God's recipes for daily living. Just as directions in a good cook book show us how to concoct a meal the family will enjoy, paying attention to the steps God's Word outlines can help us through each day. The Lord Jesus said, "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...(Luke 6:37-38 NIV) The last bit makes me think of flour being measured into a sifter, then falling through into the mixing bowl as the handle is turned. Each ingredient is needed and a cake turns out best if the flour is added first and last, alternately with the liquid.
In life God shows us the best order for each step too. When angry words are spoken, we can resist the urge to defend ourselves and talk back; ask Him to help the one who's upset; forgive, and leave the outcome with Him. Whatever issue we face, our Lord has the best solution and to be able to lie down in peace at the end of the day is as satisfying as the most scrumptious gourmet feast.