In honor of the sugar-high that many children have worked for tonight, here’s a good proverb:
“My son, eat honey, for it is good,
and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.”
Proverbs 24:13-14 (ESV)
Honey, according to Bible Study Tools, is from the hidden treasure of bees cashed in trees and rocks. It was something to hunt for and savor, with natural appeal to whoever found it. When describing the Promised Land in Exodus, God called it a land of milk and honey. And that was paradise.
That is what wisdom does for your soul…real soul-food, if you catch my drift. Psalm 19:10 says the same, and Song of Solomon 4:11, 5:1 use it as imagery to describe the beloved’s words. Wisdom is appealing!
With wisdom, comes hope, a way of escape, a new angle that allows you to solve the problem.
This reminds me of Jesus crying out to the crowds in John 7:
“37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as[f]the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’””
Water…words of life, as Peter said in John 6, the disciples would not be leaving Jesus; where else would they go for words of eternal life?
Honey to the soul. That lasts. That brings hope, a balm, a joy. And ours to search out and ask of God (James 1).
God, thank You for words of life, honey to the soul. And beautiful; logical and yet out of proportion to our expectations. Thank You for what You do for us every day. We send kids out to collect pieces of sugar once a year, but we need Your wisdom so much more often. Please help me to get a sweet tooth for wisdom. Amen.