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“Too Much of It, and you Will Vomit”

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine there being any humor in the Bible but I found this not to be the case a few months ago. One morning, as I was reading through the book of Proverbs, I came across this verse:

“If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.”    

– Proverbs 25:16

This verse is very straightforward, blunt, and hilarious but, this verse wasn’t put into the inspired Word of God to make us laugh; it has meaning to it. The truths of yesterday are still true today.

Parents, after Halloween, do you allow your kids to eat their entire sack of candy? Of course not! If they did, they would vomit. Without self-control in eating, people can harm their health.

This can be said about many things in life. Too much of anything is never good.  For example, someone who watches too much T.V. can possibly neglect his family, work, or school. Someone who spends too much time at work can neglect his family; someone who spends too much time with his family can neglect his work; anything can be factored into this analogy.

Those who do things in excess live a life of ‘give and take’. One thing gets all of our attention while hundreds of other tasks and responsibilities get neglected. The solution to this problem can be summed up in one simple word: Prioritize.

The apostle Paul uses a similar analogy in 1 Timothy 4:6-9. In this chapter, the apostle begins the passage explaining to the young evangelist Timothy how times will come when some will depart from the faith having devoted themselves to false teaching.  The apostle charges Timothy to reprove those who have strayed from the faith. He tells Timothy that he must be a good servant of Christ, being trained in the words of faith and of the good doctrine. Paul urges Timothy to pay no attention to irreverent silly myths, but to be trained in godliness. Paul continues

“… for while bodily exercise profits little, godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and that which is to come.”

– 1 Timothy 4:8

Initially, we saw how Solomon warns readers that too much honey is not good. As Christians today, it’s important for us to recognize that work profits little, but godliness is profitable for all things. School profits little, but godliness is profitable for all things. Family profits little, but godliness is profitable for all things, the list goes on and on.

Too much of the world will produce a nasty spirit. The question we should reflect on today is how am I spending my time?

May we continue to spend our time doing things that bring us joy and satisfaction, but let us never forget to devote time to our Heavenly Father who deserves all glory, honor, and praise—the God who provides His people with everlasting joy and satisfaction.   

- Timothy G. Ruffin