Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 51:15-64 / 2 Timothy 4:1-22 / Psalm 119:97-104
I had a memorable experience playing at my Aunt and Uncle's house when I was a young boy. I annoyed some bees living in the shed. They attacked me and one found a way under my shirt, stinging me several times. I ran into the house and as they pulled my shirt off of me, a bee fell to the floor but he left major and multiple welts on my back.
Needless to say…I don’t like bees but I love “Bit O Honeys”! I don’t love bee stings but I love what bees make…honey. It is amazing the way bees produce honey with it’s sweet potency. Bees gather nectar from flowers and transform the nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. They then store the honey and use it as a primary food source.
Bees gather as a group and regurgitate the nectar a number of times until it is partially digested. The bee’s digestive acids and the flower nectar give the honey its potency. When it reaches a quality state, the honey is spit out but contains a high concentration of water. The bees then fan their wings, creating a strong draft, which hastens the evaporation of excess water. The reduction in water content raises the sugar concentration even higher.
David knew the sweetness of honey but experienced something even sweeter, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” (Psalm 119:103) The similarities between honey and the Word of God are remarkable.
The Word of God was a delight to David. When God spoke through the prophets and to David directly, it brought pure sweetness to David’s heart.
Even God’s rebukes and precepts were sweet as they brought correction and truth into David’s troubled life. God restored David’s soul with the sweetness of mercy, forgiveness, grace and compassion. The Psalms give us a glimpse into the potency of God’s sweet words…”The Lord is my Shepherd; He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty; Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits; How lovely is your dwelling place.”
God’s Word brings sweetness, hope and purpose into our lives! We have discovered His Word brings joy to our spirits and forgiveness to our souls. God’s Word brings transformation to our lives, strength in the midst of our weakness, wisdom in our confusion and new life when we were dead in sin.
The sweetness of God’s Word brightens our eyes and strengthens our faith. It has the power to equip, rebuke, encourage and edify our lives. Regurgitate His Word through study, meditation and memorization. Allow the wind of His Spirit to fill you with a greater level of power and potency. The artificial sweetener of the world can’t compare to the real, unadulterated sweetness of God’s Word…How Sweet It Is!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!