Does Better Butter Make a Bitter Batter Better?


Most of us that are past 35 have heard the tongue twister with the title of today’s post. It is full of alliteration designed to help one enunciate his words. If you haven’t heard it, here it is.

Betty Botter

Betty Botter had some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
it would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter–
that would make my batter better.”

So she bought a bit of butter,
better than her bitter butter,
and she baked it in her batter,
and the batter was not bitter.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.

Betty Botter asks Does Better Butter Make a Bitter Batter Better?. She claims it does, but unlike Betty, we cannot purchase another life. Consequently, we must make our lives better if they are bitter. In the post Get rid of all bitterness, we hear the command from God to “get rid of all bitterness” (Ephesians 4:30-32). We learn our lives are full of bitter butter. This is why Paul tells us to get rid of all bitterness. There are residuals of bitterness in all our lives. We are encouraged to get rid of it. As I stated previously in the aforementioned post, that means we share in the responsibility to reform and reshape our character. Earlier in Ephesians 4:22, Paul tells us to “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;” This admonition to get rid of bitterness is a direct application of living for your new life in Christ. We can’t act like we used to before we received forgiveness for our sins. If we do, we grieve the Holy Spirit by being disobedient. We must stand on the Word of God which answers Does Better Butter Make a Bitter Batter Better?.

God’s will is inclusive of the bitter batter experiences. He uses bitter batter to shape our character and to refine our faith as we learned in Focusing on I or E in Trials Makes the Difference. Job 2:9-10 follows Job’s flocks and herds being killed along with all his children then the sores that covered his body. Listen to how Job instructs us on how to transform bitter butter into better butter. Listen to how he responds to his wife who represents a part of the bitter butter which is the human perspective instead of the godly perspective.

His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job stood on the Word of God in a bitter butter situation. When those around him, especially those extremely close to him, rejected God, he rejected her form of truth and stood on the word of God. Better Butter Does Not Make a Bitter Batter Better, but God’s Word does. Stand On It!!!

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