Don’t Overdo a Good Thing
If you find honey, eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit.
As a child I loved pears. One day, a friend and I found a pear tree with some juicy ripe fruit on it. Before long, I was sick of pears and my stomach was reeling. I didn’t eat another pear for years. Such is the penalty we pay when we overindulge in the otherwise good things that God has given us to enjoy.
Today, I am tempted by peanut butter, mayonnaise, sour-dough bread, cookies, and ice cream, just to mention a few delicacies. I’m not really afraid of vomiting after eating any of these foods: I guess I’ve outgrown that phase. But I am afraid of the pounds they add to my frame. It’s food you can wear. We are tempted to overindulge with our eyes, feasting on too much TV. We’re tempted to listen to too much secular music or too many talk shows on the radio. These things aren’t necessarily wrong in and of themselves, but too much of them will begin to show up in a flabby spirituality and walk with God.
Of God’s honey, no amount is too much. We are called to feed on the Word of God, to desire its sweetness, and to be gorged on its power (1 Peter 2:2; James 1:25). We are to put the Word into practice as we grow from spiritual babies to mature Christians (Hebrews 5:11-14). Feast on the honey of the Word of God and go easy on the honey of the natural world. God has prepared a place for us that is overflowing with the milk and honey of an eternity with Him.
Samson. He killed a lion with his bare hands, leaving its carcass to rot on the ground. Sometime later he saw that it housed a hive of bees. He scooped out some of the honey and went on his way, dreaming up a riddle about it. Samson was a man who always seemed to overindulge in sensual pleasures. Ultimately, it got the best of him (Judges 14:1–16:31).
Prayer of Application
Lord, thank You for the many pleasures You give me freely to enjoy. But help me to not let any have power over me. Although all things are legal for me, all things are not expedient.
Copyright 2014 – Robert C. Beasley