Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 24:13 My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. 14 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.
It's Not About The Honey
In today's passage we find Solomon giving a kind of mini parable about honey. The reason I think of it as parable is because a parables purpose is to get across a truth by association of something in the world… in this case honey. But everything in a parable is not necessarily eligible for analyzing as the lesson… We have to discern what truth the writer is focusing on.
For example Solomon is not saying we should make honey our diet 24/7. I expect that would give us diabetes. That would not be good.
Solomon actually gives us another mini parable about not eating too much honey. Proverbs 25:27 says “It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory”.
So actually neither of these mini parables are about honey.. This last one is focusing on not seeking our own glory… and our verse for today is focusing on how wisdom is good… not like honey in that you shouldn’t eat too much… but the characteristic of honey in the way it taste. That is the thrust of the application Solomon is making.
When we savor sweet taste of Wisdom it should light up our eyes and bring a smile to our lips…
Wisdom is found in Gods word. Yes, we may hear it from a friend or at church or in a million different places… but if its real wisdom it is in agreement with Gods word. And that's where we should go to verify all the so called wisdom we hear in the world and that's where we should do our spiritual dining every day. … But really… Solomon is saying it is important that we have a taste for it. It should be good to our palate.. Our spiritual taste buds should come alive when we go to Gods word.
Ill close today with a few verses about savoring Gods word.
Daily Spiritual Diet:
Psalm 143:8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust…
Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.
Heat of Day -
John 7:37 …“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
John 6:35 …“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger,…
Afternoon Boost -
Psalm 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Isaiah 55:1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
Psalm 63:5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
Midnight Snack -
Psalm 119:62 At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules.
When I awake -
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
Seeing Gods Glory on Earth and in Heaven -
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
Savoring that first Bite -
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! …
True Satisfaction -
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Mission Food in obeying the word -
John 4:34 …My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
Eat Continually - Psalm 27:8 You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
Psalms 105:4 Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.
Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Isaiah 26:3-4 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.