Eat honey, my child, for it is good,
and honey from the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.
Likewise, know that wisdom is sweet to your soul;
if you find it, you will have a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
I think we highly underestimate the goodness of Honey. I enjoy a good dollop on some cornbread, but other than that I don’t eat too much of it. I tend to eat other things like strawberry jam and cane sugar.
Before you think I’m about to jump on the GMO, natural food, whatever band wagon, I’m not. But, I do want to point out that if honey was important enough to be included in the book of proverbs as well as be a reference to heaven, then it probably wouldn’t hurt if we were more intentional about eating it. I’ve heard about how it can help you build up your immune system and help with allergies, etc. I’ve heard it can help calm your stomach and it just tastes good.
What we don’t realize though, is that wisdom is the same way. Wisdom is like honey. Especially in our day. Wisdom is a forgotten thing. We’d rather eat from the jar of strawberry jam or pour cane sugar. In other words, we go to the easier things. We go to the things we’re accustomed too instead of what we need.
We don’t do the hard work of learning wisdom, which comes only through intentionality and time. Instead, we just take whatever short cuts we need to get to the final destination we want.
What we don’t realize is that getting to whatever final destination we hope to get to is not as important as the path we take to get there. For instance, if you want to be a millionaire, but you cut every corner you can and break any law you can get away with, your final destination will not be as rewarding. If you want to be a successful business man, but you crush everyone in your path to get to the top, your final destination will not be a reward. It will be a punishment. If you take shortcuts to try to get through the hard times of raising a family, the dream of your family when you grow old will be much different.
I guess what I’m saying is, we need to stop short changing the process, because the process is just as important as the product. Search for wisdom. Take the time to try to live your life wisely. And when you do that, you’ll find much more joy in the process of getting to your destination.
Wisdom guarantees our future. Not strawberry jam.