JUDGES 14:8-9: "AND AFTER A WHILE HE RETURNED TO TAKE HER, AND HE TURNED ASIDE TO SEE THE BODY OF THE LION, AND BEHOLD, A SWARM OF BEES AND HONEY WERE IN THE BODY OF THE LION. 9. AND HE SCRAPED SOME OF THE HONEY OUT INTO HIS HANDS AND WENT ALONG EATING. AND HE CAME TO HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND GAVE THEM SOME, AND THEY ATE IT. BUT HE DID NOT TELL THEM HE HAD TAKEN THE HONEY FROM THE BODY OF THE LION."
I was an educator who taught in the Schenectady and Hartford Public School Systems for over 35 years. Upon graduation from Oneonta State University, in Oneonta , N.Y, my certificate and the state of New York, required that I obtain a masters degree in some field of education within five years of completing my undergraduate work. Once my graduate work was completed at Albany State University , in Albany, N.Y. , one would think that my matriculation in courses of study would be complete! But educators in the public schools were required to take courses beyond the master's degree level. They were called CEUS; Continuous Education Units. You had to take a required number of these classes to maintain your certification.
Continuous learning is essential for lifetime growth. You can have a great deal of experience and be no smarter for all the things you've done, seen and heard. Experience alone is no guarantee of lifetime growth. but if you regularly transform your experiences into new lessons, you'll make each day of your life a source of growth. The smartest people are those who can transform even the smallest events or situations into breakthroughs in thinking and action. Look at all of life as a school and every experience as a lesson, and your learning will always be greater than your experience.
In the old Peanuts cartoon, Charles Schulz shows Charlie Brown at the beach building a magnificent sandcastle. It's a work of art. As he stands back to admire it, suddenly it is destroyed by a big wave. In the last frame he says. "There must be a lesson here, but for the life of me I don't know what it is. " that's how many of us feel after a potentially valuable experience. We go through it but don't grow. We attend meetings designed to help us learn, then do nothing with what we have heard after closing our books. don't get excited about a learning event, get excited about learning. And you haven't really learned it until you have applied it.
A few days after slaying a lion with his bare hands, Samson returned to the scene of victory and discovered things in the carcass: (a) Bees that sting. (b) Honey that taste sweet. I believe the Lord is saying or reminding us that; "Yes," that last battle you fought was a hard one, it nearly knocked the wind out of you and left you with permanent scars, much heartache, disappointment, and pain. The betrayal of a loved one, a friend, co-worker or boss really stung!!! But nevertheless, the Lord gave you the victory, nevertheless you bounced back, nevertheless, you didn't let the enemy see you break a sweat. When you look back into the deadness of your past situation, the bees are still there; but there is also honey.
There is a sweetness that victory leaves behind. There is a fragrance, an aroma of the God's leading and hand of victory. There are bees that still sting and there is honey that is sweet. There is the bittiness of your past experience, but there is the sweetness and joy that victory brought because of your perseverance and faith in God. You have a choice both are present. Are you willing to partake of the honey, even though there is a risk that you might get stung again? Ministry and every other pursuit in life involves risk. You can stay in your comfort zone and not apply the learning opportunities that have been afforded you. When opportunity passes by, it does not sit down and take a seat; it keeps moving along to see if the next person is willing to take a chance or seize the moment.
The Bible says at the end of verse nine of Judges 14 : "And he took thereof." Samson sampled the honey and took enough of it home to share with his family; though he did not tell them it came from the carcass of a lion. Sometimes when we are bold in our faith and take a risk, the prize pays big dividends, benefits, bonuses. And these blessings aren't just for you or me, our family, friends, church members etc, will be the beneficiaries of our bountiful blessing. It is not always necessary to tell who, what, when, where, and how the blessing came about; just be grateful that there was an abundance to spread around.
As a matter of fact this is a good time to let you know, that your enemy will provide you with your next blessing. They may not know it yet, but the Bible does say, "He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemy; "He will make you enemy your footstool." David said, "The Same God that delivered me defeat the lion and the bear, is the same God that will help me to defeat this uncircumcised giant." 1Samuel 17:37
I conclude today with this thought: "LOOK FOR THE HONEY! IN LIFE, WE MUST MOVE BEYOND THE PAIN AND LOOK FOR THE HONEY!"
HEY YA'LL, IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY: DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS!"