Monday, August 27, 2012

Proverbs 25: 16 Enough!

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

Remember when mom (or grandmom) told you, "Don't overdo it!"  It's understandable . . . when something tastes good, you just want more!
I found a commentary that mentioned a proverb from an ancient Egyptian papyrus: "We live on one-third of what we eat. Our doctors live on the other two-thirds."  Those Egyptians were smart cookies --- not only did they build amazing pyramids, but they had figured out this fact: when we over-induldge in things, it can affect our health!  And of course, that puts more money in the doctors' pockets.
We Americans have refined over-indulgence and made it into an art form. Alcohol, drugs, food, sexual attractions, and material possessions. You name it, and you probably can say that you know someone who "has a problem" with it.
And Solomon was right, too. I recall talking with someone who, as a child, had eaten a lot of bananas. I don't mean a few; she and her brother ate WAY too many. To that day (and she was an elderly woman when we spoke) it made her feel nauseous to smell the aroma of banana muffins, or a sliced banana!

So, I guess we really should be choosy about what and how much we eat, drink, look at on the computer, and watch on TV.  Try to have variety in all of those areas. We all need drink and food, companionship and spiritual feeding, and the trick is to balance all of those needs. Moderation is the key to avoid the over-indulgence that we've mentioned. 
And don't forget, the more time we spend in the world, the less we have for our Bible study and prayer!


CATachresis said...

*sighs* so true! Even if one is smug about not eating too much, there are so many other things tempting us to overindulge!

Belinda said...

If I spent as much time in the Word as I do eating or sewing, I'd know the Bible word for word in its entirety. :/ Pretty shameful. Heavy sigh.