a fine day for a spoonful of honey.
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 KJV
Words form the basis for all that we think, believe, and do. Words dictate, describe, or determine how we live our lives. Words can be kind, gentle, loving, compassionate and caring, but they can also be cruel, cold, heartless, evil, hurtful, dishonest and deceitful.
Words can teach, words can lead, words can motivate, and words can inspire. But words can also cut deeply, cause dissension, lead us into harm and misinform.
The most important words we will ever encounter is the Word of God. They are the words of life itself, more important even than food sometimes. When Jesus wandered the desert, fasting, the devil taunted and tempted Him to turn stones into bread. “But He answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4 KJV).
The Word of God is the source of our hope and the instruction we need to attain it. Some people find God’s instruction to be restrictive. There are those who feel that rules prevent them from having fun or living a full life. David, writing about God’s commandments, viewed it differently. He wrote, “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalm 19:8 KJV). And if joy and insight aren’t enough, David goes on to say that the laws and regulations of God are “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19:10 KJV).
Those who think that God’s Word is bitter can only arrive at that conclusion through unbelief. Those of us who truly believe in God know how His Word is like music to our ears or sweet, like honey, on our tongue.
How can words that teach us to treat other people with respect, kindness, and compassion be bitter tasting to anyone? How can words that celebrate the goodness that is within us all, be words that hurt our ears? The words that teach us how to live with other people in harmony and peace can only add value to our lives. Anyone who thinks that the Word of God detracts in any way from the quality of their life needs to put down their bread and taste the sweetness that comes from making God’s Word a part of our daily diet.
Help yourself to a spoonful of honey as God’s gift for today.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson