Bees are remarkable creatures! It takes the nectar from about 2,000,000 flowers to make just one pound of honey. To produce that amount of honey, bees travel a distance equal to twice the circumference of the earth. It’s no wonder honey has been a treasured substance throughout history.
· In the Old Testament, when Jacob wanted to send a valuable gift to Egypt, he included honey.
· Manna, the food God supernaturally supplied to his people when they were wandering the wilderness, is described as tasting like wafers with honey.
· In 1 Kings 14:3 a package assembled to bribe the prophet Ahijah contained bread, cakes and a jar of honey.
In many places in the Bible, the words of God are equated with honey.
· “The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb” (Psalm 19: 9b-10).
· “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).
· “Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 24:14).
In God’s Word we find wisdom and our eternal hope. We need to “eat” God’s Word—to read, devour, search, and study it. Long ago, honey was hard to come by. It was searched for and treasured. We no longer think of honey in that way. We can go buy a five pound jug of honey that required bees to travel the equivalent of ten times around the earth. We don’t give that a thought. We don’t really treasure honey any more.
We often take the Bible for granted as well. Maybe, because we can pick up a Bible any old time, we no longer think of it as precious. What if, suddenly, there were no Bibles? What if we had to depend upon each other for memorized verses and stories? What if it were against the law to have a Bible or to speak the scriptures out loud? Then would we realize how precious God’s words are?
I hope every time we eat honey, or anything sweet, our thought will be “Yum, that’s good! But the Word of God is even better.”
· Get a Bible.
· Read it.
· Taste and see that the Lord is good!
And have a bit of sweetness in every day.