3dd2e-one2byear2bbibleTODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Ezekiel 16:42–17:24
Hebrews 8:1-13
Psalm 106:13-31
Proverbs 27:7-9


Proverbs 27:7 (ESV) “One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.”


As we read our Verse for Today, we can easily understand it’s most obvious meaning.

If we have just gorged ourselves on a large Thanksgiving dinner and someone offers us another slice of delicious pumpkin pie, we may grown. It would absolutely not taste good in our mouth.

Yet, I will never forget as a child going to a cafeteria for lunch on Sundays. There was a homeless lady who would make her way to one of the tables and sit down. An employee would bring her food to eat … that had been left on other people’s plates. (I shudder as I think back on this – why did the adults around her not buy her a fresh meal?). She didn’t care that her roll had a bite taken out of it or that her corn may have come from a child’s plate that became something to play with after their appetite was satisfied. She was desperately hungry so she was ready to eat whatever was put in front of her.

As a wise saying in the book of Proverbs, it contains this most obvious meaning that relates to food and appetite. But, for the one who reflects on the truth, there are any number of other applications.

One application that immediately comes to the forefront of my mind is the appetite I am supposed to have for God’s Word.

Ever since my teenage years, I have made it habit of rising before the sun comes up to spend time in God’s Word. I knew that when Jesus saved me, He took ownership of me and so I wanted to get His Word into my mind and heart so that He would have someone that He could use in whatever way He desired.

Yet, there have been times that I really enjoyed my time in God’s Word. It satisfied my inner, spiritual hunger. And there have been times when I got virtually nothing out of it. In fact, there have been times when I didn’t even feel like spending time with my Bible.

What was the difference? While there is an unlimited possibility of answers to this question, it was generally based upon my spiritual appetite. When I realized my desperate need for God’s Word and knew from experience that it had the ability to satisfy my inner longing, I enjoyed my time with it.

Yet, when I was attempting to satisfy my inner longings with any number of other things (relationships, pleasure, accumulating things, sins, etc.), I found my desire for God’s Word greatly diminished. It was sweet, delicious honey but I wasn’t hungry so I didn’t crave it.

“One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7)

So, develop a hunger for God’s Word. Do you know how to do that? Simply spend time with it. Read it and spend time reflecting on it. Get with someone with whom you can regularly talk about God’s Word. (I am in a men’s Bible study with some mature saints on Wednesdays where we dig deep into the truths of the Bible).

But, you also need to quit trying to satisfy an inner, spiritual longing with other things that just won’t ultimately satisfy. If you find that your desire to spend time in God’s Word is weak, then discover what you are attempting to satisfy your spiritual hunger with and make the necessary adjustments.

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103)