Jeremiah 35:1-36:32; 1 Timothy 5:1-25; Psalm 89:14-37; Proverbs 25:25-27
Too Much Honey
Solomon’s wisdom has given much insight into the downfalls of man. In today’s passage in Proverbs, he gives three important wisdom statements that apply to each and every one of us. He begins with telling of the importance of good news which is like cool water and finishes with warning us that it is not good to eat too much honey.
Honey has been used for generations as a source of sweetness and medicinal uses. Although it is all-natural, it must be used in moderation. When one consumes too much honey, a process can occur in the body which includes an inability to absorb nutrients and can even cause great discomfort. This condition will continue to worsen if the problem is not corrected. In infants, it is dangerous to eat any honey as it contains botulism spores which an infant’s digestive system is too immature to handle.
Solomon uses this picture to help us understand what happens when we find ourselves thinking too highly of ourselves. Although it is good to have self-confidence, if we find ourselves “eating too much honey,” we can become so absorbed in ourselves that we lose the ability to listen and absorb the wisdom and teaching of those around us.
St. Peter’s Church
Lake Mary, FL