THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “Don’t Eat the Honey”

THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “Don’t Eat the Honey”

1 Samuel 14:26-28
26 And when the people had come into the woods, there was the honey, dripping; but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath. 27 But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath; therefore he stretched out the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his countenance brightened. 28 Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed is the man who eats food this day.’” And the people were faint.

Jonathan in this story did not know his father King Saul, had proclaimed a fast. In his ignorance Jonathan eats honey that is literally dripping in abundance before him. It is so relieving to him to partake the Bible says; “his countenance brightened.”

What is the significance of this story for us? It is that a good thing is not always a God thing. While you may be permitted to do something, it does not mean it is the best time to do it(1 Corinthians 6:12). What appeared to be a blessing brought a curse.

Whether you are seeking a job, ministry, spouse, where to live, or whatever you must consult God Proverbs 3:6). You may, for instance, feel like you have met the perfect companion to share the rest of your life with, but if the person is not God’s choice problems can occur. God always wants the best for you. Like in Jonathan’s case nobody warned him. The honey looked good to them also. They didn’t tell him something was wrong until after the eating of the honey occurred. Just like people will speak up in hindsight, telling you why they thought something might be a bad decision for you, after the fact. That is why we seek God. Many heartaches can be avoided if we consult God on the front end of a decision.

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