When Bitter Becomes Sweet


Proverbs 27:7 is averse that I have referred to many times over the years. It reads: “The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” This world has many things that would be “sweet” to the sinful desires of the flesh. How are we to overcome them? The verse at first says, “the full soul loatheth an honeycomb.” When our soul is filled with Christ and we are focused upon Him then we will desire less of this world’s sinful pleasures. It’s just as the old chorus goes: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Our verse goes on to give us a contrast as well. The second part states, “But, to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” If you haven’t eaten anything for a while then just about anything will taste good. If we aren’t filling our life up with the things of God then even the bitter things of this life will begin to be sweet. When people become desperate and empty they will settle for that which at one time they would have despised and rejected. If I don’t fill up on good food then I eat more junk. Fill up on the things of God and partake of that heavenly manna and you will eat less of this world’s sweet dainties that rot and become bitter in the belly.