My son, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste; So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:13-14. (NKJV)
Personally, I like to hear a husband say to his wife: ‘Honey, I love you’, for it is an endearing compliment. When someone utters the word ‘honey’, there is a buzz of bees in my ears. Bees are naturally programmed to go searching for nectar, far and wide, and bring it to the beehive. They are a marvel of perfect engineering, of exquisite shape and size, and a very ingenious design.
I recall an incident, when a swarm of bees appeared from nowhere; I ran for cover but one entered the back of my shirt and it stung me a few times before I squashed it. It was a bitter experience, but I have no regrets because through the bees labour of love, I am able to buy and enjoy honey.
Honey is beneficial for our health when eaten moderately. Proverbs 25:16 tells us, ‘Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit.’ Nearly 40 years ago a friend from church introduced me to the taste of honey and to this very day I am enjoying it in my cup of tea every day.
The Bible has a lot to say about honey. In the New Testament we find John the Baptist ate locusts and wild honey. In the Old Testament Jesus was prophesied to eat honey: “…Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.” (Isaiah 7:14,15).
I particularly enjoy Hungarian Acacia honey, but the sweetest thing of all, sweeter than honey, is the word of God that I find in the Holy Bible; Psalm. 119:103 declares, ‘How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!’
Jeremiah delighted in God’s word as we read in Jeremiah 15:16: ‘… Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name…’. I also have found the words of God abundantly precious to me, more than pure gold.
The thought of dwelling with God is so much sweeter than honey because we will be in His presence forevermore. Can you think of anything sweeter than being in God’s presence for all eternity? I cannot.
Abba Father of glory, worthy are You of worship and honour and praise. Thank You for providing a wonderful variety of things for us to eat and enjoy in our physical life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Study by Natu Moti
About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International.
All Saints Church
Birmingham B23 7QB
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