The Key to Enjoying Christmas – Proverbs 25:16

Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."

This proverb is one of the proverbs of Solomon that the men of Hezekiah copied out and added to the book of Proverbs. This occurred nearly 300 years after the death of King Solomon. H. A. Ironside, in his commentary, said that there are nearly 400 Proverbs preserved of Solomon’s 3,000 proverbs in the first 24 chapters, and then the next five chapters were compiled by Hezekiah’s men, Proverbs 25-29 (1 Kings 4:32).

Proverbs 25:16 is an exhortation to moderation. We may have a good thing, such as friends, a spouse, family, food, family time, rest, sweets and so on that bring us pleasure. However, when we have so much of a good thing that it causes us to divert our focus off of God onto the pleasures we become sick spiritually. We have a life out of balance. Just as we get sick if we eat to much junk food, especially during the holiday season, we get sick spiritually if we devour the pleasures meant to be enjoyed in moderation. H. A. Ironside again in his commentary on Proverbs alludes to Proverbs 24:13-14 where honey is called a good thing, commanded to be enjoyed. When we find God’s wisdom, there is a reward, our expectation will not be cut off, and God’s knowledge will be sweet as honey.

Let’s keep a proper balance today. It is so easy to get our focus off the One who ought to be our chief joy, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is His birthday we are celebrating! Have you enjoyed and delighted in the thought of the birth of our Savior as God robed in human flesh for us? He was born to die for us. Is your heart full of gratitude? Let’s take pleasure in moderation the family, the gifts, the food which He has so wonderfully blessed us with hearts under the Spirit’s control.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas everyone!

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