Eat Honey! | Part 2

(Proverbs 25:27 ESV) It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.

Yesterday we talked about how good honey is to the taste. The writer compared the eating of honey to the getting of wisdom. Both are beneficial and very pleasing. Today, the writer of Proverbs takes a different angle. He says it is NOT good to eat much honey.

So, which is it? Is it good to eat honey? Or, is it NOT good to eat honey? The answer is… BOTH. In the first instance, the writer is encouraging the believer to obtain and utilize wisdom. The implication is that one can never have too much wisdom. Operating with godly wisdom brings about wonderful blessings which produce joy to the soul. Godly wisdom produces hope for the future that God has planned for us.

As we look at the Scripture for today, we see that the statement about not eating too much honey is connected with the warning not to seek one’s own glory. In other words, it is possible to take something good and misuse it in a selfish manner. There is nothing wrong with being confident. After all, we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. But, we must balance our confidence with godly humility.

If we only concern ourselves with the things that bring personal pleasure, we will miss opportunities to edify others in our circle of influence. We have to live with an awareness of others so we can determine whether they need a bite of the honey more than we do. That’s one of the great joys of being part of a local body of Believers. God wants us to be distributors of honey to those who are in need of a sweet treat!

So, grab a big bite of honey and let it bring joy to your soul! But, also be ready and willing to share that sweetness with those God brings into your life.

PRAYER: Father, thank you for providing such wonderful blessings for me to partake of. Help me today to be willing to share those blessings with others as well. There’s plenty of honey for all. Amen.

Eat Honey!

(Proverbs 24:13-14 ESV) My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

I love sweet stuff. I get it from my dad. He taught me to love jelly doughnuts. Coconut cake. Lemon poundcake. Chocolate chip cookies. Pie. Cobbler. Oh my goodness… I feel justified (and just a little bit spiritual) because I like the taste of honey. Scripture says its drippings are good to the taste. So, that settles it.

WISDOM: The soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

The writer of the Proverbs compares the benefits of wisdom to the taste of honey. Wisdom doesn’t just drop out of the sky though. It must be sought. It materializes in the daily experiences of life, and when it is found it produces great blessings which have a positive impact upon the soul.

It is easy to observe the condition of the world and get a little worried about the future. I recently read a news article that reports the majority of US citizens believe the days of the “American Dream” are gone. Financial disaster. Incurable diseases. Terrorism. It all adds up to what could become a hopeless mindset. But, for the child of God, the appropriate implementation of godly wisdom will result in a hopeful anticipation of the future. That’s how we are able to expect the best at all times.

(Psalm 42:11 ESV) Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Godly wisdom is relevant to everyday living, in every nation of the world, to every generation. It is one of the sweetest blessings given by a loving Heavenly Father to His precious children. Find it! There will be a future. God said it. So, that settles it!

PRAYER: Father, I’m expecting the best in every situation because of the hope You give. I pray for applicable knowledge and appropriate wisdom for every circumstance I face. My hope is in you! There will be a future! Amen.

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