Sweet Tooth

Proverbs 24:13-14My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.”

I would never describe my childhood and the situation and circumstance that we grew up in as ‘poor’. My father had only an eigth-grade education when he was married. As our family began to grow, he worked two jobs to keep us in clothes and food. Later on, he went to school, got his GED and studied as an apprentice fo rthe skilled trades.

He earned the right to become a journeyman and finally certified skilled tradesman – all while holding jobs, fixing up our house to make it a home and having time to take us on memorable vacations.

We would do things like take exploratory trips. Dad would tell us that he had no idea where we were, but we always seemed to end up at a cheese factory eating fresh cheese curds. Memories such as these have a special place now that he is in Heaven.

One such memory is when we would stop at Al’s Custard stand. We had the order preset before we got there. I would usually be with Dad as he would order and I’d run the cones out to the car. I had to give them to Mom and she would pass them to all the rest of the children behind her.

I found out later that Mom would say that the cone was dripping too much to pass and she would lick all the dripping custard before my siblings would receive their cones. We all settled into the fact that before we would ever get our taste of custard, Mom made sure she had hers first.

My mother had quite a sweet tooth. Christmas and Easter were particularly special holidays for having so many sweets around the house. Cooking baking at Christmas turned into quite the production. It is now known as the “Great Cookie Caper” – a tradition we hold with us kids, our kids and the grandchildren.

There were at least eight to ten different types of cookies and Mom was always searching for more to try. We had all types of ribbon candy, filled hard candy, chocolates and pies. I guess in a roundabout way, I am trying to say – I inherited my Mother’s sweet tooth.

So, when I read the passage in Proverbs today, those many memories came flooding back. Oh, how we would look forward to Christmas and Easter and all the candy we would receive. But now, spiritually, I have grown to have a ‘sweet tooth’ for the wisdom only God can give.

Early on after I was saved, I was taught:

James 1:5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

To get wisdom – godly wisdom – all I need do is ask and my God would give in such liberal fashion. As God began to open my mind to the truths of His Word, I would marvel at how ‘sweet’ that truth would be to learn. Salvation in particular is one that still brings tears to my eyes!

Now, almost twenty-nine years later, God still amazes me! Hearing God’s Word taught, preached, expounded; reading, meditating and ruminating on the truths contained within; I hear the sweet Spirit’s voice as He opens my understanding to see things much different that my mortal sight can see.

As a preacher of the gospel, we use terms that describe what it is we do. ‘Adorning a truth’ is one such term that I love. A simple truth such as Jesus loves me’ can be preached in such a way as to bring a soul into the presence of God; to see Him high and lifted up; knowing all the while I am an accepted, protected and loved child of His!

I am invited to live in His very near presence. A presence I have felt many times and seek daily.

But it is wholly something different when you are able to walk with someone and show them the truths of God’s Word; help their eyes to see God as a loving Heavenly Father; Jesus not just as Savior – but as One who knows every emotion we have ever felt, faced the greatest of trials and desires us to seek the Father with our whole heart.

The indwelling Spirit of God is an intimate teacher. Intimate in the sense that He knows everything about me and can tailor make each revelation to a practical application to my life.

You might say I have a ‘sweet tooth’ for God and His Word. But I also have a sweet tooth in my desire to share, preach, teach and lead others to know that very same sweetness.

I have had the priviledge to lead others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Each and every one was a miracle. Miraculous in the sense that I know I could never do that on my own. God had to be involved for their conversion to take place. For some, the results were tears of joy. Others were smiles and still others an awe-struck look of bewilderment of what just happened.

A dear, dear friend of mine recently died of cancer. He and I became close friends because he wanted to be discipled and I was granted the priviledge of mentoring him. Over the weeks and months that we met, we grew closer and closer – to God and each other. We each describe our friendship as – you guessed it – sweet!

The sweetness of God seems to drip like honey off His Word when the truth hits our heart. I believe that every child of God ought to have such a “sweet tooth”! It is a taste one acquires with use. Take the time to develop your own “sweet tooth” for God’s Word!

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