September 27, 2011
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Mike and Kathy are longtime friends who make their home in North Carolina. On their last visit they brought us a very sweet treat; a quart of honey! I suppose honey is a universal gift that will bless virtually all. I recall a song that has this line, “Bees make honey and it sure tastes good.” It was a teaching tape for children concerning the fruit of the spirit.
The great thing about the Bible is the universality of the illustrations. I don’t know this for sure but I suppose that regardless of where you live you have bees and honey. David wrote today’s Scripture portion some 3,000 years ago and he was from a part of the world far away from where I live. Even as I type my appetite is building for a piece of hot buttered toast spread with the North Carolina honey. I’ve no doubt that it will be sweet to my mouth and the taste will linger for awhile.
Psalm 119 is a wonderful extolling of the Scriptures. David would have had far less of the written word than we have today, since much of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament were not yet written. Yet he declared, “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” May we approach the Scriptures with this same attitude when we read God’s Word. Consider this text the next time you enjoy some honey!
Physically, munching can lead to over indulgence and undesirable weight gain. In fact in my own life an identifiable issue of self-control is munching! I am capable of munching throughout the day. There are days where I might be taking in more through munching than regular meals. I would do well to post signs that say, “No Munching!” on the fridge and here at the desk.
But there is an area of my life where munching is allowed and is in fact a good thing contributing to spiritual growth. It doesn’t replace the established habits of the spiritual life such as Bible study, prayer and fellowship with other maturing believers.
But I believe the ability to partake of spiritual nutrition, such as meditative munching on God’s Word throughout the day, is healthy. It might be a Bible verse shared by a friend, a brief prayer at work with a fellow worker or an edifying Christian song we hear on the radio. I hope for many of you healthy munching on spiritual morsels throughout your day includes this brief devotional!
The Psalmist wrote, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” As we meditate on God’s Word throughout the day we can taste of the goodness of the Lord! Perhaps we need to post a sign that reads, “Spiritual munching allowed and encouraged!” It will surely bring a smile to your face as it brightens your countenance throughout the day.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
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