“Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit.” Proverbs 25:16
Though the health benefits of honey are not scientifically confirmed, there are reports of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is used in chronic wound management, as a remedy for acid reflux, infantile gastroenteritis, fighting infections, allergies, cough and other physical maladies.
Although it is beneficial and a yummy sweetener, King Solomon’s wise advice regarding honey is this: “eat only as much as you need.” That is the principle of moderation. What would happen if we would apply that same principle to other good things?
Each of us could customize the list. All good things can bring unwanted consequences if used or practiced in excess. It doesn’t take a governmental study to realize the importance of moderation and the danger of excess. Whatever good things we enjoy in life, let’s apply the Biblical principle of moderation: “only as much as you need!”
Prayer: Lord, it’s so easy to be excessive. Please help us to consciously apply self-control and moderation in every area of our lives. Amen!