When Bitter Things are Sweet

The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

–Proverbs 27:7

Do you hunger for the Lord? 

Sometimes, He is sweet like a honeycomb–for we enjoy His abundance and the fruits of our labors–“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works,” (Ecclesiastes 9:7). 

He blesses us with joy in simple things (Ecclesiastes 8:15). 

However, He also reveals Himself to us in the bitter things–those experiences in life that are hard to taste, like suffering according to the will of God (1 Peter 4:19)–and hard to swallow, like deep sorrows (Psalm 31:9-10; Romans 9:1-2). 

The bible testifies to us about the life of Jesus: 

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

–Isaiah 5:3-4

God call us to endure hardships, afflictions, and persecutions. 

Many deny Him:  but to the hungry soul, even the bitter things are sweet. 

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