Sweet to the Soul

by Stan Mitchell
Honey44.jpg“My son, eat honey for it is good, and the drippings from the honeycomb are sweet to the taste” (Proverbs 24:13, ESV).
The Psalmist declares that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). God made the earth. He made sunsets, and friendship and, yes, honey too. He created all these things with our enjoyment in mind. It’s OK to enjoy the pleasures of God’s world, as long as we do so within the bounds of his laws and his word.
“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 24:14).
The words “know also” are a tip off that verse 14 continues the thought of verse 13. The thought moves from “honey” that is sweet to the taste to the much deeper satisfaction of attaining “wisdom,” whose satisfaction reaches to the very depths of our being, and is “sweet to the soul.”
So enjoy the physical blessings of life, such as honey; but don’t forget to satisfy the heart with blessings for the soul too.

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