Book: Proverbs 25
“Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!”
A couple of weeks ago we removed eight frames from our beehive in preparation to extract the honey and enjoy it this winter. If you ask my family, “Do you, like honey?” their answer would be a strong yes! I suspect most people enjoy honey, especially if it is local. My challenge will be to help them not eat all the honey too quickly!
When I was a child I remember my parents giving us each a solid chocolate egg at Easter. Now this was very rare as generally we did not eat much chocolate or candy except at Christmas. I remember taking that big chocolate egg to my room and eating the whole thing in one go. It was gone before bedtime. That night I woke up feeling very uncomfortable as well as having many itchy bumps on my back. The next day I was taken to see the doctor who concluded that yes, I had eaten too much chocolate in such a short period of time and my body had reacted to it!
There is nothing wrong with eating and enjoying a little honey, chocolate or any other pleasure God has provided for us (1 Timothy 4:4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.) but it must be in moderation and with a thankful heart to Him. If that pleasure becomes our main desire instead of God, it becomes sin. That pleasure is out of balance. Further on in 1 Timothy, Paul writes, “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17).
Kingdom builders are called to live balanced lives being satisfied and grateful with the comforts and pleasures that the King provides but they do not allow these gifts to distract them from their purpose. Yes, enjoy them but don’t make them your pursuit.