“Honey for Your Life”
By TAHREN TERRELL BRANDON
That's beautiful, I thought when I read it, “honey for your life,” Solomon sure did have a way with words. He was talking about wisdom, “Honey is good for you, my children, and it tastes sweet. Wisdom is like honey for your life, if you find it, your future is bright” (Prov. 24:14).
Have you ever had Manuka honey? It's supposed to be really good for you, it's expensive but it's worth it. My sister got me some for my sinuses and it worked like a charm. Honey, in general, has an abundance of healing properties. Isn’t it amazing how God puts all that we need in nature? We know that bees produce honey, but how? Well, when it comes to God, you will find that everything involves a process, producing honey is no exception. Bees travel from flower blossom to flower blossom collecting a sugary juice called nectar with their mouths. While in their mouths, the nectar mixes with a particular enzyme that turns it into honey. We don't give God enough credit, let's pause for a moment to reflect on how awesome God is, I mean who else could think of such a thing?
So, bees produce honey by gathering nectar from flower blossoms which is mixed with an enzyme found in their mouths. If only there were a way to apply this to our lives. Oh, but there is. What if we are the bees and scripture is the flower blossom? From reading the scripture, we get nectar, which is the knowledge of God's Word. But what about that enzyme that mixes with the nectar to make it honey? Good question, and it brings to mind the fact that, although Gods Word is always powerful and effective, there are those who read it and do not gain wisdom. It’s not good enough just to read, it has to be the Holy Spirit that guides us through the Word of God otherwise it’s just knowledge, just nectar in a bee’s mouth.
Without the Holy Spirit we are no better than Satan, in fact he likely knows more scripture than we do, he was certainly able to recite it back to Jesus as he tried to tempt Him in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11). The Holy Spirit makes all the difference. God reveals His will to mankind through the Person of the Holy Spirit who searches all things, even the deep things of God. Think about it, who would know your inner thoughts and feelings better than your own spirit? So, it makes sense that the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God and He has been given to us so that we may understand and discern the things of the Lord (1 Cor. 2:10-16).
There are many people who read the Holy Scriptures and are not spiritually affected and you can meet these people by visiting your local churches and seminaries. These same people often scrutinize and criticize the Word, even considering it foolishness. Ironically, they are the fools. Just as honey cannot be produced without that enzyme in the bee’s mouth, neither can wisdom be produced without the Holy Spirit. There is no gaining wisdom from God's Word without the Holy Spirit.
For example, one day I was just minding my business, reading Proverbs 24 where it says, “Wisdom is honey for your life.” I liked it, I liked it a lot so I wrote it down, then weeks later I read in Proverbs 2:4-6, “Look for wisdom like silver. Search for it like hidden treasure.” For some reason that made me think of bees going from flower to flower. The Holy Spirit said to me, “Google how bees make honey,” and the rest is history. See, one thing that is very important to me is to maximize Gods Word and minimize my own thoughts and opinions. I always have an opinion; I always have something to say but I only want to communicate the Lords message. I constantly ask the Holy Spirit to guide me and He always leads me to the Word. Like a buzzing bee I go from blossom to blossom, chapter to chapter. I read and collect the sweet juice of nectar, which is the knowledge of the Word of God, under the influence of the Holy Spirit so that He can instruct and reveal, turning that sweet juice of nectar into wisdom.
God brought forth wisdom in the beginning, the earth is founded upon it and He intended that we go through this life with it; the wisdom that only His Holy Spirit can inspire, from the reading of His Holy Word. (Prov. 8:22; 3:19). “Honey is good for you my children, and it tastes sweet. Wisdom is like honey for your life, if you find it, your future is bright” (Prov. 24:13-14).