Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld


'But Jonathan had not heard his father’s command, and he dipped the end of his stick into a piece of honeycomb and ate the honey. After he had eaten it, he felt refreshed.' 1 Samuel 14:27

A command had gone out from King Saul that no one was to eat until the enemy was defeated.

1 Samuel 14:24 Now the men of Israel were pressed to exhaustion that day, because Saul had placed them under an oath, saying, “Let a curse fall on anyone who eats before evening—before I have full revenge on my enemies.” So no one ate anything all day.'

It is a foolish thing for any leader in any field to press people until they are exhausted. King Saul had done that foolish thing. The soldiers saw honeycomb lying on the ground and were too afraid to eat despite the fact they were tired and hungry. Jonathon, King Saul's son, broke the King's command unwittingly. He hadn't heard it and discovered how refreshed he felt after eating the honey.

Thankfully our King doesn't make these kind of demands on us. He knows the battle is long and fierce and He knows His people need sustenance. He provides honey on the ground for us that we might be refreshed. Our King doesn't command a fast; instead He commands we eat of the living bread that came down from heaven or the manna that fell during the night. He knows we need sustenance like Elijah who was fed by the ravens as he sat by the brook.

Have you grown weary and deep down tired? You need to find honey on the ground. God will provide. Go your way this day, and watch out for the moments of quiet when your spirit can drink in of His presence and strength. There will be pockets of them for each one of us throughout our days.  He knows what we need. We just have to be careful enough to find them.