Have you found honey?
Eat only as much as you need,
Lest you be filled with it and vomit.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You provide so richly for us each and every day. Help us to eat the right things to nourish our body and soul. Enable us to enjoy with thanksgiving what You have given to us. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
God gives us so many lovely things! Honey is good for us, isn’t it? God Word warns us, though, not to eat too much of it. It’s okay to use a little wine but not to drink too much. Eating and enjoying food and drink is all right, but gluttony is not.
We could add many more things to this list: things that are beautiful, things that will cause us pleasure, things that will cheer us up. What good will they be to us, though, if we should not have them or if we cannot truly enjoy them?
Ecclesiastes (5:19 and 6:2) says that God gives the power to eat and to rejoice. We can heap up all we want to and still never be satisfied. True joy comes from the LORD.
True, waiting on God to give can be a challenge in times of poverty. On the other side, the excitement of having more than enough loses its beauty the moment we lose focus on God. We begin to start craving for more and more.
My husband and I used to be in a stage where needs were barely met. Living from one paycheck to the next was an ever-present and haunting reality. Now we are much better off and able to give more abundantly to others. That (sharing what God has provided with others) is a blessing in itself. However, where much is given, much is required — that’s a challenge in itself which I will talk about another day.
Be content and give thanks for the things and talents God has provided to you.