Zucchini Bread Muffins

God isn’t Human & Zucchini Bread Muffins

Numbers 23:19 (erv)

God is not a man; he will not lie. God is not a human being; his decisions will not change. If he says he will do something, then he will do it. If he makes a promise, then he will do what he promised.

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We’ve all been let down in one way or another. Maybe some of those let downs have come from strangers, causing you to question the goodness in humanity. Or maybe they came from family or best friends that were supposed to love and protect you, but didn’t in some way. Most of us have had our “trust-muscle” injured at some point, and that injury might still impact our ability to build trust in our relationships today.

For some, those past injuries may even influence the way in which we trust God. It’s human nature to lump people into categories; one too many broken promises or let downs, and we begin to think that people are all the same – they can’t be trusted. And because we often tend to view God from our own perspective, He falls into that same category all too often.

But the Bible makes it clear that God isn’t a human; He’s not like you, or me, or the people that have hurt us. He’s not like the ones that have broken promises or let us down. God is God – completely honest, never changing, and always fulfilling (and often surpassing) His promises.

God offers us so many incredible promises throughout the 66 books of the Bible. But unless we believe that God Himself is trustworthy, those promises mean nothing. So many of us aren’t living according to God’s promises and plans for us, and I truly believe it’s because we haven’t developed an understanding of who God is.

All week, we’ve been looking at God’s character in order to better develop that understanding, and the final fact that we need to be sure of is this: God is not a human. We were made in God’s image, but we’re all deeply flawed. God isn’t. His actions can never be compared to those of an acquaintance, friend, or even the best parent in the world.

There’s a funny episode of Seinfeld where George learns that doing the opposite of what he would normally do leads to a better life. If you think about every wrong you’ve ever done, or every wrong that’s been done to you, imagine God doing the opposite. That’s who God is. When we know that we can trust God, it’s easy to believe – and even become hopeful – about His promises.

With this new perspective, let’s take a look at just a few of God’s promises:

Eternal life – John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection. I am life. Everyone who believes in me will have life, even if they die.”

A new heart – Ezekiel 36:26 – I will also put a new spirit in you to change your way of thinking. I will take out the heart of stone from your body and give you a tender, human heart.

Strength – Isaiah 58:11 – The Lord will always lead you and satisfy your needs in dry land. He will give strength to your bones. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring that never goes dry.

Purpose – 1 Corinthians 15:18 – So, my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Don’t let anything change you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord. You know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.

Wisdom – James 1:5 – Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.

Forgiveness – 1 John 1:9 – But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.

Those promises are powerful; life-changing truths. God is unlike anyone else, and you’re safe in His promises.

Write

Write about the new perspective you have about God’s character from the past week. What have you learned about God that’s influenced or impacted your relationship with Him?

Pray

For any part of God’s character that you still don’t understand or have complete peace about. Remember, it’s okay to bring your doubts and fears to Him!

Zucchini Bread Muffins

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 3-4•Makes 9 Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup grated zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sweetener (I used Swerve)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Grate zucchini onto a flat surface and sprinkle with sea salt
  2. Allow to sit for 10 minutes
  3. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
  4. In a mixing bowl, mash banana with a fork
  5. Add all remaining ingredients except for the flour, walnuts, and zucchini
  6. Mix until combined
  7. After 10 minutes, use a paper towel to squeeze any extra moisture from the zucchini
  8. Add zucchini, flour, and nuts to the mixture and mix for 1 minute, scrapping down the sides if necessary
  9. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with liners
  10. Fill each tin 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes
  11. Allow to cool slightly before serving
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Tips & Tools

Each of these muffins are around 100 calories (calculated using Swerve calorie free sweetener). For a balanced breakfast, I eat 2 muffins with a side of greek yogurt for extra protein.

I’ve shared this before, but it’s just as true now, so I’m sharing again: using a non-stick copper muffin pan has been a life-saver for me. It eliminates the need for muffin liners (but I used these from Target in the spirit of the holiday!) , and cleaning the pan is completely effortless. I used to spend forever scrubbing burnt muffin and cupcake off the sides of our baking tin. Ain’t nobody got time for that! 

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