January 20, 2013 § 1 Comment
“…and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Psalm 81:16
Honey would be toothsome about now as I conclude one week of a three week Daniel fast with my church. I am finding that as I deprive my flesh of natural sweetness, my spirit is forced to crave His goodness.
This scripture has been smouldering in my mind since the New Year…like a promise of His faithfulness and goodness about to be realized. A reminder that He is “enough.” He alone satisfies. And whether or not the immigration goes through this week, next month or the following year-I can be “fully content” in Him!
There’s nothing like a fast to make you realize how deprived you can live. Stripped right down to the bone! Ah, but alas, that is where the sweetest honey flows-from those hard places alone.
I love the commentary on this:
And with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee. Luxuries as well as necessaries would be forthcoming, the very rocks of the land would yield abundant and sweet supplies; the bees would store the clefts of the rocks with luscious honey, and so turn the most sterile part of the land to good account. The Lord can do great things for an obedient people. When his people walk in the light of his countenance, and maintain unsullied holiness, the joy and consolation which he yields them are beyond conception. To them the joys of heaven have begun even upon earth. They can sing in the ways of the Lord. The spring of the eternal summer has commenced with them…(Biblestudytools.com)
Most travellers who have visited Palestine in summer have had their attention directed to the abundance of honey, which the bees of the land have stored up in the hollows of trees and in crevices of the rock. In localities where the bare rocks of the desert alone break the sameness of the scene, and all around is suggestive of desolation and death, the traveller has God’s care of his chosen people vividly brought to mind, as he sees the honey which the bees had treasured up beyond his reach, trickling in shining drops down the face of the rock. (John Duns)
Supposedly honey from the rock is the best. Surely God wants the very best for us, not only in terms of spiritual dainties, but also in our natural everyday lives.
“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
And so our “Sun Stand Still” prayer for this season of prayer and fasting is to bring little Z home quickly!
With truth and love,