Author: Rob Anderson
All throughout scripture we see examples of the sweetness of honey. Verses like “[The precepts of the Lord] are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb” (Ps 19.10) and “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to me mouth” (Ps 119.103). It is not hard to imagine the pleasure of fresh honey being poured over a warm biscuit. I think all of us have had a moment when we were stuffed full, only to discover we had a little bit more room for a sweet dessert.
This is what makes Proverbs 27.7 so surprising.
One who is full loathes honey from the comb,
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
Why in the world would someone pass something so sweet as honey, only to find out that someone else would find pleasure in what was bitter? But perhaps it isn’t as surprising as one might think.
Think about the times you have called out to God, when you have really sought him out. What was happening in your life during that time? Many people find that they turn more to God when things are not going well: money is scarce and bills are due, children make choices that grieve our hearts, or perhaps the diagnosis was not favorable. When life is exactly as we think it should be, we tend to forget to call upon God. In reality, we don’t remember we need him when “we” have crafted our lives in just the way they need to be. The challenge to remember God is always harder during the good times.
And so, while we may not loathe him, we certainly forget him. May we always be people who remember the sweetness of the Lord with us.