My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: -Proverbs 24:13, KJV
I can not help but wonder if Solomon was thinking of his father’s friend Jonathan, when Saul was king and made the vow that no one in the army would eat until the Philistines were defeated lest that person be cursed. But Jonathan had not heard this vow and, being hungry after he and his armor bearer had just spent the day beating a garrison of Philistines, ate some honey. (1 Samuel 14)
Jonathan (and Solomon) could see how utterly foolish it was to not eat when doing something so physically challenging. The army even challenged King Saul on this when Saul would not get an answer from God about continuing the fight and then found out it was because of this little bit of honey.
That shows what the next verse means:
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:14, KJV
Saul had not used wisdom in his decisions, and he was willing to kill his son over his foolishness.
Jonathan, however, was spared, for he had sought to know God’s wisdom throughout the day and be strengthened.
What about you?
Do you desire the sweetness of God’s wisdom? Do seek His revitalizing wisdom throughout the day?
Or, like Saul, do you try to get through the day on your own, rarely if ever seeking God’s wisdom?
Do you get frustrated by minor problems, especially by others and then lashing out?
Or do you take time throughout the day to keep the Lord involved in your decisions?
It only takes a moment to stop and seek His help. It is not weakness. It is finding the sweetness in God’s strength.
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