Honey & Wisdom

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"For thus the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have placed You as a light for the gentiles, That You should bring salvation to the end of the earth." And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region (Acts 13:47-49).

One of the world's most pleasurable eating experiences is the taste of fresh honey directly from honeycomb. Honey is good for the body. It has nutritional value and is better as a sweetener than refined sugar.

In today's Proverb, Solomon is using the metaphor that gaining wisdom for the soul is similar to eating honey for the body. The soul is your mind, will, emotion and personality. It is your identity as a human being and like your body it needs to be fed.

Everyday our souls are fed. They are fed by the choices we make in terms of what we read, see, think about, etc. We can choose things of the world, we can choose things of interest, we can choose academic pursuits, and we can choose things of God. Like the body, unless you fast, the soul is fed by the choices we make.

When our children are young they have simple tastes. We have to encourage them to try something new by telling them that it is good. We say, ‘if you would just try it, I know you will like it'.

Proverbs 24 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 24:13-14 "(13) My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste; (14) Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off."

Psalm 55:9-11 (Theme: Oppressed And Betrayed - But God Supports). "(9) Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. (10) Day and night they go around her upon her walls; And iniquity and mischief are in her midst. (11) Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets."

Today's question. Is wisdom good for the soul?

As good food is good for the body, so is God's wisdom good for the soul. For many people, including spiritually young Christians, trying (studying) God's wisdom is a little like trying a new dish. The whole point of today's Proverb is to try the wisdom of God.

We like candy. We like eye candy, ear candy and wicket candy. Like children, we would choose a very poor diet if left alone and not encouraged by someone, (like mom who loves us), to eat properly.

The Holy Spirit is like our parent. He is our comforter, helper and teacher. If you discover how good God's word taste, then there will be a future and your hope will be realized.

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 timothy 16-17).

Dear Holy Spirit, help us to continually enjoy the study of your word. I pray that the wisdom we acquire will develop in us to the level of maturity that you desire. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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