Proverbs 25: King James Bible
What is Sufficient – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 16
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – What is Sufficient
The verse above can be summed up easily. There is such a thing, as too much of a good thing. It says to eat what is sufficient, take enough to do the job, but too much will make you sick.
Anyone with a sweet tooth can attest to the truth of the verse above. Eat too much of anything that you may enjoy, and you’re not going to feel very well shortly thereafter. So what is sufficient? What would be a sufficient amount for us to eat?
As one who enjoys to stuff my face whenever possible, only getting older has taught me when to stop eating. When I was younger, I could eat as if food was going out of style. Now, I have learned to eat what is sufficient for me to eat. If I ignore this, I do wind up feeling ill afterward in one way or another.
It doesn’t have to be anything sweet as honey either. But honey was the all around tasty treat back in the days of King Solomon. He uses honey as an example to warn us to consume what is sufficient, and not to be filled to sickness.
Though it would be easy to keep the focus of this lesson on food, it is a lesson the Lord is giving us concerning all kinds of things that are perfectly harmless, until we overindulge. Is television something wrong to enjoy? No, but to go beyond what is sufficient concerning TV, we become dependant on it.
Look at all of the different problems that have sprung up over time, since television has become an essential piece of daily life. This goes across the board… TV’s, computers, video games, and the like are knee jerk examples, but how about important things like a job, exercise, or even the Word of God?
Yes, the Lord does teach us that there is such a thing, as too much of his Word at a time. In other words, going the distance through the Word of God will not help you out too much. Trying to squeeze as many pages in as you can per reading session, won’t do a whole lot in increasing your learning, and spiritual growth in the Lord. That would be considered as more than what would be sufficient.
I’ve received more from the Lord reading a couple of sentences at a time and chewing on them for awhile, than trucking along and trying to tackle a chapter. We’re all different, adn what is sufficient for me, may not be for you. But when we give the Lord a chance to give us more insight into something, he’ll do it. When we don’t, he typically won’t.
I wonder how many of the Lord’s lessons and blessings are missed or forgotten about because of trying to eat all of our spiritual meat and milk all at once. Eat what is sufficient for you to no longer be hungered. Figure out what is sufficient concerning the Word of the Lord for the day, by including him via prayer through your reading session, or study time.
Let the Lord lead, and you’ll be blessed!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
2 Corinthians 3: King James Bible
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2 Corinthians 12: King James Bible
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Thank you for every lesson that you’ve given us in your Word. Please walk us through your Word, and to take from it all that you’ve put into place. May your Holy Ghost guide us through it, and help us to take it in as food for the soul, and to receive what is sufficient for us at the time. Write your Word upon our hearts, and stir it into our remembrance as is needed. Thank you for this Father, and we pray these things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Do you consume far beyond what is sufficient for you?
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