Honey Bees Vs. Roaches: The Importance of The Bible

My soul melts from heaviness;

Strengthen me according to your word.

–Psalms 119:28

Some family friends had a bee infestation in their attic.  When the exterminator came and killed the bees, he gathered quite a bit of honey which our friends gave to us in a jar. It was such a sweet gesture, and the raw honey is delicious.

 

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Now there’s a life picture of a spiritual truth: When Satan and the world came to exterminate Jesus, His life yielded sweetness that brings us out of bitterness into His glory. May we have this same response!

When we as Christians are persecuted, the world should expect us to yield the raw sweetness of Christ. Even our death should bring life and nourishment to others.  I confess I sometimes fear persecution when it stares me in the face. I keep having to remind myself of promises from God’s word.

God is my refuge.

God is my strength.

The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? –Psalm 118:6

We will yield no sweetness of Christ if our souls are not illuminated with the word. Amith discovered a small cockroach nest under our bed. As he lifted the bed, the roaches scurried away in fear as light flooded their home. The demonic roaches of fear which hide in the dark places of our hearts must flee when confronted with the light of the truth found in the gospel.

God is love.

God is sufficient.

We are His.

He is bigger than our problems.

 

Psalm 46

God Is Our Fortress

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.[a] A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present[b] help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

 

A mind filled with God’s word has no room for Satan’s lies. There are a few people who I really look up to, and I think about what they all have in common. The characteristic they all share is that they are saturated with the Word of God. They spend the vast majority of their time reading the Bible and meditating on it.

Being saturated in the word will bring a person mental clarity, wisdom, grace, joy, and I believe, physical health.

The key, of course, is not being merely hearers of the word, but also doers. Rather than letting the Word go through one ear and out the other, the people I look up to absorb what they hear and let it affect every aspect of their lives.  We must read the word with the clear intent of growing in our relationship with God.

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