From Proverbs Twenty-five
16 Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!
17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.
27 It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.
Ya have to like Pooh Bear…honey pot and all. One thing about Pooh, he does make honey look wonderfully yummy. While Solomon may think Pooh Bear is cute, floating in his honey pot, when it comes down to the reality of life, too much of a good thing is really not a good thing! And that’s the point that Solomon is trying to make. I think we can all recall a time when we ate too much of a good thing. Rather than having the effect we were chasing after, it did quite the opposite, didn’t it? If you gorged yourself, then you probably ended up hugging the toilet bowl. Remember the adage…everything in moderation. EVERYTHING!
Solomon uses two examples throughout this chapter of too much of a good thing.
- Wearing a path from your house to your neighbour’s house (or vice versa), does not inspire close relationships. Think of it this way: as you ‘wear’ a path to your neighbour, so you ‘wear’ out your friendship. We know what it feels like when someone begins to wear out their welcome – tiresome!
- The proverb in verse 27 goes without saying. Needing to be noticed, applauded, and recognized for this, that and the next thing, ranks right up there with the person who tells you how humble they are. The minute they thought of telling you that they were humble they immediately disqualified themselves. So it is with the person who needs to be recognized and applauded.
So the next time you’re hankering to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours, remember that ‘less is more’. Too much and you may end up finding yourself embracing the proverbial toilet!
Even Pooh Bear would agree with that nugget of wisdom!