“A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”
Proverbs 27:7 NKJV
When I was in my younger days, all seemed to be great and wonderful. I was young and hearty, and I had few deep issues that I allowed myself to dwell on. In many ways, I was satisfied with all I could survey. All was sweet like a honeycomb. In the midst of so much ease, I held a high standard for what I thought was good. I was a spoiled brat, turning my nose up at many of the things the world looked upon with high esteem. I was an elitist, indeed.
With the passing of time, comes humliation.
Little by little, my access to the great things of life was becoming limited. I could not seek the decadent pleasures I once enjoyed, I could not stay up all hours of the night partying, only to get up early and go to work. Suddenly, I found myself with bills and obligations, and a body that had limits. Somewhere in the midst of all that change, I came to know Jesus.
The Lord set about bringing humility to me by a wide variety of means. I suffered loss of health, loss of careers, and the great loss of loved ones. In the trials, I discovered that the simple things brought me joy. I no longer needed the spectacular to bring me fulfillment.
In my youth, I was not satisfied and in my coventiousness, I craved more and more, with no end in sight. As my world became smaller, the things that brought me joy became the things that God had granted to me free. I rejoice in the time I get to spend in His word, as I read God’s love letter to me. I find that I am spending more and more time in the morning seeking after the knowledge of God in the Scriptures.
I value my time to worship, my opportunity to spend hours singing spiritual songs, and being uplifted, though my body can do little. Daily the joy wells up in my heart, as I am transsported, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then there is my time in prayer.
I can’t wrap my head around the reality that I have access to God. It has nothing to do with my merit, my piety, my reputation. It is by the death of Jesus on the cross to pay for my sins, that the veil in the temple was rent in two, from top to bottom. Jesus opened the way for me, that I may enter in and pray for those God has given me a burden to pray for. I lose a lifetime on sin and regret and traded it for access to the God of the Universe!
I find satisfaction in the simple, the smile, the laugh, a good clean joke, a high five with a little child, the peace that God has given me, in place of the striving I knew before. Even the pains and trevails, are sweet to me. In the darkest hours, I see the brightness of God as He intervenes to deliver me day by day through the storms of life. I am assured that one day all the pain will be gone!
We are living in a time when people are searching and not finding the joy they are seeking. We keep looking for greater pleasures, but find only deeper sin. those of us who know the Lord, have the secret to joyful living. We must be about sharing that Good News, that gateway to the life filled with eternal sweetness.
By His grace, I, a woeful sinner am saved. I believed the message of the Gospel, asked for my many sins to be forgiven, and now walk in newness of life. I am no longer the spoiled brat I was, but now one who bows low, but is exalted for the will of the Lord.
The vain pursuit of thrills in the flesh, have been replaced by fulfillment that surpasses all understanding. One need only dip the finger into the endless pool of God’s grace!
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
Psalms 34:8 NKJV
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