Oh honey


It is amazing how bees have been created with the ability to collect flower pollen and turn it into a very useful elixir. Honey is considered a perfect food in that it does not spoil and therefore needs no refrigeration. It has been used as a food source throughout all of man’s recorded history. The health benefits of honey are well documented. Pure honey can quickly restore energy to a weary person. Because of its natural yeast it has been used in the fermentation process for making mead also known as honey beer. Honey has been used as a preservative and even for embalming. The word ‘honey’ is sometimes used as a term of endearment. The Bible contains over sixty verses with the word honey in them. Some to ponder are from the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 24:13 My son, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste. in other words enjoy a little candy.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Have you ever considered how kind words can have health benefits? I have been refreshed often by honest kind words from caring friends. I have seen children beam with joy at a heartfelt compliment.
It is not good to eat much honey; So to seek one’s own glory is not glory. Self glorification is like a bad diet, eventually it will have a negative effect on your whole body.
Proverbs 27:7 A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. Have you ever been full after a meal to the point that a dessert does not sound good? Have you ever been so hungry that any food seems delicious? Using the analogy of pleasant words being like honey, for a person starving for encouragement even bitter words can seem sweet. For a person in healthy emotional and spiritual condition excessive compliments can be distasteful.
There is also the idiom too much of a good thing. Proverbs 25:16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit. The book of Proverbs is full of wise counsel. Over indulgence has its own punishment.
I should get started on my honey-do list. Have a sweet day!
Rev. Burt Schwab

About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. I serve as an assisting pastor of a unique small church. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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