Proverbs 16: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

Walt Townshend

Proverbs 16:24

Gracious words are a honeycomb,sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (v. 24)

Look at your recent pharmacy prescription and you’ll note it has an expiration date, likely for a period of less than one year.  Did you know that honey found by archeologists in the pyramids of Egypt—now 3,000 years old—is still edible?  Did you also know that honey is used as a treatment for burns and scalding, is an antioxidant, and contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, making it an antimicrobial agent, too?  It’s also a humectant, used in some cosmetics because it draws sand retains moisture to the skin. Also, it is more effective and safer for children’s coughs than over-the-counter medicines.   Of course, as Winnie the Pooh knew full well, it is sweet, consisting of at least 181 components. Its unique taste is a result of complex chemical processes, which is why sugary syrup substitutes just can’t compare.

When Solomon spoke these words, he knew that “gracious words” are just like that—long lasting and with great benefits for one’s physical and spiritual health.  We can look to Proverbs 15:26 for help in understanding what Solomon means: “The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight.” 

How often do we speak to one another words that edify, strengthen, uplift, and console? Words the hearer is not expecting, which will have long-lasting and beneficial impact—perhaps for a generation and beyond!

Too often we consider such expressions insignificant and of little benefit.  Perhaps you had gracious words spoken to you in your childhood—that you still remember and may have even guided and/or encouraged you beyond human measure. Perhaps those words were spoken to you just last week.

Solomon knew the impact, but he likely didn’t know that the seemingly insignificant honeybee, which in its lifespan makes only 1/12th  of a teaspoon of honey, with a brain the size of a sesame seed, will visit as many as 1500 flowers in order to fill its honey stomach. Bees have biological airspeed gauges, gyroscopes, compasses, and more, enabling precision flying and navigation, using a form of optic-flow monitoring to land safely hundreds of times a day, on widely varying surfaces.  Scientists are racing to apply this discovery to drones and other pilotless aircraft.[1] And, have you ever wondered why a honeycomb cell is built in a hexagonal shape? Mathematicians have discussed it for centuries; in fact, it’s known as the “Honeycomb Conjecture”.[2]

What healing will your pleasant words bring?  Do you think they are insignificant?  Remember, the honeybee is responsible for pollinating 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food! 

Gracious words.  Solomon’s charge to us…today.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

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[1] From Creation 25(2):44–45, March 2003

[2] View this brief BBC video, but remember it is from a secular perspective. We know God is the designer that even now man has grasped but a miniscule part of His creation!


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