August 26 – Mmm … Honey

Proverbs 24: 13 – 16 (The Message)

 Eat honey, dear child—it’s good for you—
    and delicacies that melt in your mouth.
Likewise knowledge,
    and wisdom for your soul—
Get that and your future’s secured,
    your hope is on solid rock.
 Don’t interfere with good people’s lives;
    don’t try to get the best of them.
No matter how many times you trip them up,
    God-loyal people don’t stay down long;
Soon they’re up on their feet,
    while the wicked end up flat on their faces.

In some ways, these verses are connected to the ones posted yesterday, but with a slightly different slant. These verses look at the resilience of God’s children. We’re not the “perishing” and “falling apart” people. According to Solomon, you can try to knock “God-loyal people” down, but they’ll get right back up and keep going. Where do they get that resiliency?

The word “honey” in the first verse caught my attention, and it made me think of some verses in Psalm 19.

Psalm 19:7-10 (NLT)
7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
    reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
    bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
    giving insight for living.
9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,
    lasting forever.The laws of the Lord are true;
    each one is fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
   even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
    even honey dripping from the comb.

The honey that keeps you fed and secure is God’s Word. Reading your Bible on a daily basis can keep you grounded in what is truth and who God is. That provides such security. Picture in your mind a house or building under construction. If it has a good foundation and the materials used are dependable, that building can withstand a lot of storms. Perhaps some shingles will blow off, or a brick may come loose, the painted trim might look worn, but the building stands.

That is so like our lives. Tough things do happen that can be terrifying or just a little scary, but life does go on. But according to the verses you read today, life just doesn’t continue; rather, people are back on their feet after a crisis. That would indicate that they are ready to keep going, instead of barely coping.

There is another psalm that describes Israel as they are going through the desert on the way to the promised land. They have been moving through a large desert area for 40 years, waiting for God to lead them to the land He had promised. That does not sound like a wonderful life to me – 40 years of living in a desert. In Psalm 81, the writer tells the people to praise God using all kinds of instruments in thankfulness for His faithfulness over the past years. The writer of the psalm also chastises them for the times when they rebelled against God and the disasters that brought. But he concludes with an interesting verse with God pleading with His people to trust him no matter what.

Psalm 81:16 (NASB)
“But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Honey from a rock? This tells me that God is willing to provide for me even in the hardest places. It’s that trust in Him that brings resilience to my life. I can keep going despite what happens because I know Him. How do I know Him? Through reading His Word and talking to Him daily. What a foundation for life!

I know through personal experience that it is easy to put my relationship with God on the back burner, and just carry on in my own strength. The busyness of life just takes over, especially with so many people and things depending on us 24/7. But I’ve also learned there is no other way to keep me going strong than by keeping my relationship with God on a priority basis. Foundations are built first in decent weather; they don’t get built while the storms are raging. So I challenge you and me as we face a difficult time in this pandemic that we take that time for a few moments with God every day. Get that strong foundation built.

13-14 Eat honey, dear child—it’s good for you—
    and delicacies that melt in your mouth.
Likewise knowledge,
    and wisdom for your soul—
Get that and your future’s secured,
    your hope is on solid rock. (Proverbs 24)

Our song for today is Word of God Speak by Mercy Me

2 Replies to “August 26 – Mmm … Honey”

  1. Audrey,

    Thank you for helping all of us to take time every day to build or secure our foundation by sharing God’s word with us.
    Your comments are always very helpful and full of wisdom.

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