My child, eat honey; it is good. And just as honey from the comb is sweet on your tongue, you may be sure that wisdom is good for the soul. Get wisdom and you have a bright future. Proverbs 24:13-14 (GNT)
I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:102-103 (NASB)
God's Word is truly amazing. It is the wisdom from above given to us for the health and welfare of body, mind, and soul. Truly God's Word is the means to a bright future on so many levels. God's Word is absolutely "delightful." "How sweet are Your words .... sweeter than honey to my mouth." Today we are going to look at three wonderful themes from Scripture that God speaks into our lives that are truly "sweet as honey" and "delightful." We are going borrow some "sweet and delightful" words from the game of Monopoly to help us with this.
Can you remember being sent to jail and having in your possession the "Get out of jail free" card? How "sweet and delightful" were those words at that moment. They remind us of these words from Colossians 1:13-14: "For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins." Being set free for free is a beautiful thing and words like these from Scripture are "sweet and delightful" words to our ears.
How about the card that said, "Advance to go?" These were "sweet and delightful" words to hear, particularly when things were not going so well and it would be difficult to advance on the board without landing on someone else's property that could wipe you out. It was kind of like a fresh start. The rules we played by allowed for collecting $400 dollars and not just the usual $200 for passing go. These two things, getting past the threats you were in the middle of and getting some cash in hand, often made all the difference. All this reminds us of words like these from Philippians 3:13B-14 : Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (NASB)." Being able to start fresh is a beautiful thing and words like these from Scripture are "sweet and delightful" words to our ears.
Finally, there is "Free Parking" space. This space was often a game changer for us because of the rules we played by. We put a $500 bill in the middle of the board and added all the money that cards instructed people to pay to the bank during the game. While there was not a card instructing a player to advance to the "Free Parking" space, they were truly "sweet and delightful" words if you landed on that space because it meant you collected whatever cash had accumulated in the middle of the board. This treasury of riches made all the difference to a player with a great need for resources in order to keep playing the game. Here we are reminded of words of like these from 2 Peter 1:3 ".... His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence (NET)." The reminder of words like these from Scripture, that God grants to us all the resources we need for life and godliness, are a great encouragement for staying in the game and going forward in confidence and strength. Yes, these are "sweet and delightful" words to our ears as well.
The wisdom God's Word brings to us really does ensure our overall health and welfare. God's Word really is the means to a bright future on so many levels. As we are impacted and blessed by the "sweet and delightful" words God speaks to us through Scripture, we becomes ones who can impact and bless others with "sweet and delightful" words that contribute to the health and welfare of their souls. God has given us a high calling and bright prospects of a great future.
You are encouraged to put together you own prayer response to God today, which we often do with Saturday's Devotional. Today is not only the end of the week, but also the end of the four week series on "The Tongue." You have a lot to draw from. God Bless, Ken Hart.
Posted on Sat, August 1, 2015
by Alan Porter