An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Moderation Is Sufficient

(Proverbs 25:16 KJV)  Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

How can “Honey” (1706) be “found” (4672)?  It doesn’t tell us if this is the result of a careful search or just something stumbled across.  I have never gone looking and wouldn’t know what to do if I found a hive.  It is mentioned here and in verse 27.  It seems to be used figuratively, at least to us city dwellers.  It represents the things that we find sweet in life.

We found in a previous verse that honey is good. 
PRO 24:13 ¶ My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
Looking for the good things in life is not a sin.  I would much rather play my Santa Cruz guitar than the thrift store special I used to have.  There is no spiritual benefit for seeking out pain and suffering.  That is masochistic.  Life has enough pain and suffering.  If we are being faithful the devil will do what he can to make it happen.  So enjoy the good things as you can.

Having said that, too much of a good thing loses its savor.  This verse is a teaching on moderation.  As I begin the journey into diabetes I am finding that the lessons I ignored are now being forced on me.  I can continue to ignore the standard of need and continue to flock to the palace of want.  I will pay.  It works that way in our spiritual lives too.

When we talk about good things the focus is moderation.  When we are talking about bad things it is abstinence.  We are to take what we “need” (1767).  We don’t have any need for the bad things.

So can I learn the physical lessons my blood sugar counts are assigning me?  I am now making progress.  Can I learn the spiritual lessons my hard head is resisting?  I continue to listen, read, meditate, pray and, hopefully, grow.  Join me in this daily walk.

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