They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. Psalm 19:10
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103
I started a new Bible study on Daniel this month. The study, written by Beth Moore tells how to maintain our integrity in a world that does not see value in walking an honest, upright life. By being different, we will stand out from the crowd and call attention to the God we serve. Throughout the study, we will be using Daniel as our example. In the first lesson, she encouraged us to do something Daniel did when as a young man, only 15 years of age, he was taken from his home to live in Babylon. There, the king required Daniel and the others like him to eat of the food from his table. Jewish law prohibited the eating of these meats and other delicacies not prepared by God’s laws or standards. Daniel chose to stand up for his beliefs and asked permission not to eat of these rich foods. In turn, he was rewarded with wisdom and understanding. Beth notes that in our world today, the majority of Americans including Christians are very self absorbed and indulgent. There is little to separate us from the non-Christians around us. She suggested that we choose to abstain from eating rich meats during this study as a sign to God, ourselves and others that we want to be different as well. It is not intended to be a “diet” nor something that we have to do. Indeed, as Christians we are freed from the laws of the Old Testament. But, Beth notes that while we are exempt from the law, denying ourselves can teach us a greater lesson by reminding us of our desire to be women of integrity. I don’t care much for meat, so it would not be hard for me to give up. Instead I have chosen to give up my greatest addiction, sugar. It will not be easy. As a teenager, I once woke the entire household looking for a bag of cookies my sister hid from me. When we go out to eat, I look at the dessert menu before I choose my entrée. Just last night, Glen took us to Dairy Queen. I stayed outside to avoid temptation, but Glen and Tim brought their ice cream out to the car. Tim stuck his in my face and asked if I wanted a bite, and even this morning on the way to church, they both raved about how good it tasted. I came very close to eating a donut, but put it back in the bag. I keep reminding myself of Beth’s words, “I can, but I believe I won’t”. Instead, I plan on filling up on something even sweeter than the richest dessert, God’s Word. Every time I am tempted to reach into the cookie jar, I run to my Bible and open it up to see what message He has for me. I want to be a sugar addict of a different kind. O, Lord, help me to become addicted to Your Word!