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July 3 – Healthy Eating

“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.” Proverbs 24:13,14

Devotional Thought For The Day

What an apt comparison – the enjoyment of eating honey and the blessedness of acquiring genuine wisdom.  I can remember as a young lad thinking about this proverb and wondering just what kind of wisdom that might be that would be as pleasurable as eating honey.  I also wondered about where this wisdom might be gained – that surely it must be some very deep and mysterious kind of wisdom, and probably way over my head. Like most of us I associated it with intellect, and the process with “learning” – and I had little enjoyment from “book learning.”

As I think back on it, such a judgment and comparison can probably only be made by an older person, one who by experience in life has come to understand the sweetness and pleasure of living in the assurance of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. You see, even as a youngster I was feeding on the blessed honey of God’s gracious love and mercy, but it certainly didn’t seem as delicious then as it does now.  And the wisdom is not so much intellectual as it is spiritual and relational, knowing God and walking in friendship with Him. This wisdom is accessible to all regardless of intellect – but it is a difficult wisdom for us to imbibe spiritually, for it involves the pain of repentance and the humility of truthfulness. Ultimately, this is God’s work in us, and not something that we can work to acquire. It is granted to us by means of God’s Word alone.

One aspect of the sweetness of God’s wisdom is that it incorporates us into His eternal plan and will for mankind – His will that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. His promise to those who believe in Jesus our blessed Savior is eternal life in the joy and bliss of His heavenly kingdom. This means that believers in Christ, true children of God always have “a future” and a “hope” that will never fail to actualize. Such knowledge gives us a blessed optimism and joy in all of life – and makes contentment and thankfulness to God very natural.  In fact, the sweetness of God’s wisdom gives all of our experiences in life a touch of honey flavoring.

The advice in this proverb is certainly good for young people, even if it may take a bit of time and experience to “get it.”  It is never too late to make God’s honey a regular part of our diet.  There is nothing deleterious to our health in dining on God’s Word – in fact, it is the ultimate “health food.”  The older we get, the sweeter it becomes!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for the blessed sweetness and refreshment of Your blessed Word of love and salvation.  Thank You for granting this sweet wisdom to us – giving us a sure and certain future, a hope that will never disappoint us.  Grant us a steady diet of this wisdom through Your Word, that our souls be healed and satisfied in Your love. Amen.