Sated or Famished

By D’Ann Davis

“A sated man loathes honey, but to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.” – Proverbs 27:7

Proverbs is full of practical life truisms that communicate life-giving wisdom and principles to us. In this Proverb, Solomon is using the physical body to relay a spiritual truth to us. When we are sated, or rather when our stomachs are full, we loathe even the sweetest treat. When we are famished though, we will find even the bitterest thing sweet.

Likewise, when we are filled up on the Lord, the sweetest of temptations will seem disdainful to us. We will have no space within us for the temptation to fill because we are satisfied with the Lord. However, when we do not find our fulfillment in the Lord, our souls will be starved and we will take what we can get, even if what we are partaking of is full of bitterness and death.

The bait of sin can lure us because it is seemingly sweet in the beginning. It is usually only in the aftertaste that we realize our folly.

Let’s be a people who are so full of the Holy Spirit, so satisfied in Christ, so trusting of the Father, that even the perceived sweetness of sin will hold no sway over us. Let’s leave ourselves with no emptiness, no vacuum to fill. In doing so, we will find ourselves less drawn to our ways of old because we will have found something better in Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord, we invite You to fill us with Your Spirit that we might love and serve You with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strengths. Please help us see the folly of sin and give us a distaste for it in the pursuit of You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.