Honey Out of a Rock
by Noah Hefley
July 17, 2021
You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip. Have you ever heard that expression? Well, I’ll tell you something: You can’t get honey out of a rockeither—but God sure can! It’s true. That’s what His word promises: “If my people would but listen to me…follow my ways…you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you” (Psalm 81:13-16).
I like what Warren Wiersbe says about this Old Testament passage: He will satisfy us with “honey out of the rock.” Of course, you and I know that honey is perhaps the sweetest thing that nature can produce; and a rock is one of the hardest things in nature. So, here we have sweetness coming out of hardness—honey out of a rock. This is one of God’s promises…
God is not speaking in literal terms in Psalm 81:16; you and I get honey from a honeycomb or a jar. The Lord is saying something much deeper: “You are going to have hard places in life; you are going to run up against the rocks. But don’t be discouraged: I am going to give you honey out of the rock. You are going to experience sweetness out of the hard experiences of life.”
You may be in a hard place right now. Ask God to help you to persevere and to give you honey out of the rock. Remember—the word of God promises, “God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). So, yes, you will probably have to spend some time in hard places in your life but your God knows how to bring good things to these places—including His sweetness! So dear child of God,“Taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8).
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