The past several months have truly been interesting, to say the least, with most people’s work schedule affected by covid-19 in one way or another. For my daughter Hannah, who works in the kitchen of a country club, her past several months have been largely spent at home trying to find some work as the country club has been shut down since way back in March. While she had a little bit of school to finish up, most of her days have been the same- another day with not much going on. A day off has meant nothing to her; in fact, she has been looking forward to the opportunity to go back to work. On the other hand, for someone like myself who works in healthcare, the past few months have been much busier than normal, resulting in a day-off being something much anticipated and appreciated. A whole 24 hours off? Wow!
This is the idea behind the passage we come to today in Proverbs 27:7, which reads, “The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” To someone who has everything they could possibly want and is full to the hilt, the offering of something which would normally be considered good, like a sweet honeycomb, at the very least would be meaningless, if not nauseating. On the other hand, to someone who doesn’t have much, just a little something to eat or pleasure to enjoy could mean the world of difference.
So what is the spiritual application of this passage? I think it could be condensed into one word: contentment. Someone who lives their life to get more, attain more, do better than the next-door neighbor will no longer find satisfaction in the little (or big) blessings of life. Any joy they might find in another toy or adventure will be fleeting. But to the person who is content with what they have, and appreciates God’s blessings in their lives, even the little things in life can bring great joy and satisfaction. Godliness with contentment truly is great gain!