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Proverbs 27:7, The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Jesus told us to take no thought for what we eat or what we drink, but to depend upon God to provide for us.
We naturally take thought anyway in spite of what he tells us.
It is our nature to store up for ourselves so that we will be full. We don't want to be hungry!
It is our nature to desire that our pantries and cupboards be full so that we can be confident of the next meal.
We do not want to risk going hungry so we make arrangements, we make plans.
We strive for abundance with the idea that abundance is a good thing.
I want abundance; you want abundance. If we have abundance then we live as if we do not need God.
We depend upon our abundance and we do not have to exercise trust in God for our substance.
Man strives to reduce hunger and increase abundance and in so doing becomes more independent of God.
Everything we do is to increase our comfort and to insure that no bad thing, including hunger, befalls us.
We buy insurance to lessen the effects of bad things, we increase our bank accounts to carry us through bad times.
We do not want bad things to come into our lives but God thinks differently.
In abundance we may get what we want but this verse tells us that there is a loss of something that is needful in our lives.
Abundance, instead of increasing the happiness of the full soul of this verse, deprives him of the happiness of enjoying the sweetness of a honeycomb.
On the contrary this happiness is found only by those with less abundance.
Those that are hungry!
The man whose appetite is satisfied with the finest fare is disgusted at the thought of the sweetest deserts that are before him.
And yet the one who is hungry and near starvation relishes every bitter and distasteful thing.
What is the difference between the two. The difference is hunger!
One is filled and the other is not. One is full and the other is hungry!
Hunger then must be beneficial in giving us an appreciation for that which may be bitter.
Hunger may urge us even to feed on unpalatable truths. Truths that are bitter to our nature.
The Laodiceans were rich and increased in goods and had need of nothing.
They loathed the honeycomb of Christ that they had left.
They were full of themselves and had no room for a hunger that satisfies eternally.
Moses under the direction of God in Deuteronomy 8:3, gives us a principle regarding hunger:
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Moses tells the children of Israel that man needs the bread of this world and will be hungry for it.
But the greater need is for man to know that he must also live by every word that comes out of the mouth of God and he must also be hungry for it.
This proverb reminds us that a hungry soul may have his appetite satisfied by that which is bitter as well as that which is sweet.
The Word of God is that kind of food.
Some is bitter to the soul, unpalatable, and some is sweet.
But to the hungry soul the bitter of the word is sweet.
Revelation 10:9,10, And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
The hungry soul is empty of self and sees in the word of God the food of God which will fill the emptiness of his heart.
The hungry soul believes what the word says about the depravity and utter worthlessness of the natural man and causes him to hunger for help.
The hungry soul sees himself as God sees him.
The hungry soul cries out to God because he hungers and thirsts after righteousness.
There is no righteousness available from the world for the hungry soul.
The hungry soul can only find satisfaction from God.
Psalm 107:5,6, Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
The Lord is the one who feeds the hungry soul.
God wants his children to be hungry so that He and he alone can feed them!
As he said in Matthew 5:6, Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Psalm 81:10, I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
Open thy mouth and I will fill it!
That is the promise to the hungry soul. God himself will satisfy the hungry soul.
This promise is not available to the full soul that loathes the honeycomb.
The soul that is full of himself and the barren food that the world offers.
The soul that exalts himself with his own fullness.
The soul that loathes the suffering and the humbling and the self denying that God requires of his children.
The soul that despises the bitter message of the word that shows the depravity of the heart and displays the filthly rags that pretend to be the righteousness of the full soul.
The soul that hates the narrow path; the soul that runs from the light that exposes the corruption within.
God does not feed the full soul.
God looks for hungry souls and he personally feeds them with food that eternally satisfies.
Much may be bitter but much is sweet.
But whether God chooses the diet that leans toward the sweet or the diet that leans toward the bitter, whatever it be it will meet your requirements perfectly. God is the perfect dietitian!
As Agur the son of Jakeh wisely prayed in Proverbs 30:8, feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD?
"PROVERB PRACTICALS" Article in "The Projector" for Proverbs 27:7, the full soul and the hungry soul