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SWEETER THAN HONEY

Pete Wilson, a pastor at Cross Pointe Church, Nashville, Tennessee, was eight years old when he went to his first Christian camp. 

Every morning the children at camp would get a list of chores they had to complete that day.

Reading their Bible for ten minutes was one of the things they had to do.

Because it was listed as a chore, it became a real chore to Pete.

He did it just to he could mark it as complete, but he didn't really get anything from reading the Word.

According to historians the rabbis of old did things in a very different way when the Jewish boys came to the Synagogue to learn the Torah.

On their first day the rabbi would take their slates and cover it with honey. 

Then he would tell them to lick the honey off their slates and hands.

As they were doing this, he would say, "May the Word of God be to you sweeter than honey."

This helped give them a love for the Word of God. 

In Psalm 119:103 we read: "How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

And Psalm 19:10 says it this way: "They [God's laws, which is His words] are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb."

The Word of the Lord is supposed to be sweet to us, even sweeter than honey.

Reading it is not supposed to be a chore, but a joy.

Unfortunately we often see reading and studying the Word as a chore; something we rush through so we can get it done and tick it off our to-do list.

What a difference it would make in our attitude towards reading God's Word if we were to view it as something precious, something desirable, something that is sweeter than honey.

How we would love coming into the presence of the Lord and spend time with Him in His Word.

How do you view reading your Bible?

Is it a chore?

Or do you see it as a privilege, because the Word is precious, desirable and sweet?

If you do see it as a chore, how can you change you attitude towards reading the Word?

And if you see it as precious, desirable and sweet, what can you do to make it even more precious, desirable and sweet to you?