“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps. 119:103)
From the earliest post-Flood times, ancient cultures believed that honey was a gift from God because it was so beneficial. David likened the Word of God to honey.
Notice three characteristics that honey and God’s Word have in common.
FIRST—HONEY DOESN’T MAKE ITSELF
Honey doesn’t grow naturally. It must be produced by honeybees. The honeybee has an enormous task. It must seek and collect nectar from suitable flowers—a massive undertaking in itself. Honeybees visit as many as 1500 flowers in order to fill their honey stomachs. On the way back to the hive, they add enzymes to the nectar which begins its conversion to honey.
As miraculous as the production of honey is, even more miraculous is how the Bible was given to us. (2Pet. 1:21) says that, just like honey, the Bible wasn’t made by man. Rather, “..holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
SECOND—HONEY KILLS HARMFUL GERMS
The descendants of Noah were even aware that honey had medicinal properties. Surviving records show how the ancient Egyptians used honey to prevent and cure various diseases, and heal wounds.
Likewise, when we read and study God’s Word, it has the power to kill the harmful sin that Satan is constantly trying to tempt us with. That is why David said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps. 119:11).
THIRD—HONEY WILL SUSTAIN YOU
John the Baptist actually survived for years on honey as a part of his daily diet. Matthew 3:4 says that “his meat was locusts and wild honey.” Honey has many nutrients that that are good for your body. Likewise, the Bible will sustain you in life when nothing else will!
Take some time to read God’s Word, today. You might just find it “sweeter than honey” to your mouth!