Ezekiel 1:28-3:3: He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.
Long ago, when frozen yogurt was first introduced, my dad wouldn’t try it. He heard the word “yogurt” and could think only of something which was healthy but not otherwise appealing.
Haven’t we all come to think that healthy—physical or spiritual—comes only with sacrifice? Don’t we implicitly assume that anything good for us will not be a pleasant experience? I think of that human assumption when I read about God’s making Ezekiel the bearer of God’s word: the “scroll.” As instructed by God, Ezekiel ate the scroll, and he said, “in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.”
Do we in modern culture believe that the bearing and obeying of God’s Word can be “sweet as honey,” or pleasant in any way? People assume that the Christian way means forgoing all of the pleasures of human life, that anything that feels good or tastes good is inherently evil.
Seeking God, to be sure, does require sacrifice. I cannot insist always on consuming what I want and remaining healthy and in the will of God. But following Jesus doesn’t have to be unpleasant and grim.
Sometimes, the healthy choice turns out to be “sweet as honey”
Psalms 85, 86; Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Luke 9:28-36
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