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Meditation: One Who is Full Loathes Honey
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“One who is full loathes honey,

but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7)

Our lives can get so very full. We fill our lives with sports. We fill our lives with work, in the home and at the office. We fill our lives with a great variety of entertainment.

We fill our minds with songs, and movies and stories. We fill them with budgets and strategies and formulas. We fill our minds with philosophies, paradigms and theories.

We fill our days with meetings, appointments and agendas. We fill our weekends with recreation and hobbies.

The danger we are cautioned about in this Proverb is that we can be so full of other things we would despise what is best. This inspired word from God does not say the person being described is full of bad things, only that the person is full. We can be so full, even of good things, that we are disgusted by the sweetest portion on the table.

In the book of Psalms, the Word of God is described as sweet to the taste, even sweeter than honey dripping from the honeycomb (Psalm 19:10 and Psalm 119:103). However, as sweet as the precious Word of God is, we can be so full of other things in our lives that we despise God’s Word which is the sweetest and best of all things in this world.

The proverb continues with a conjunction of contrast. Instead of being so full that we loathe honey, we should remain hungry. Hungry for what? Hungry for the Word of God; hungry for the righteousness of God which is revealed through the Word of God (Matthew 5:6). Souls who are hungry for the righteousness of God will devour the Word of God and every now and again they will bite into something bitter along the way.

How can the sweet Word of Life ever taste bitter? When the Holy Spirit uses the Word to correct, to reprove and rebuke. Still, because the soul is hungry, even the bitterness of rebuke will seem sweet because the hungry soul knows rebuke from the Holy Scriptures will yield a sanctified life (John 17:17).

Let us take a hard look and see if our lives are so full that we are pushing the sweet Word of God to the side. Instead, may the Holy Spirit create in us a healthy hunger for the reviving, renewing Word of God and all things holy.


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