1 Samuel 14 tells an odd story about King Saul making a rash decision to ban his army from sweets and sustenance while in battle. This wasn’t an ancient diet; it was a flawed motivational technique that ended up working against Israel.

Jonathan, Saul’s son, had no idea about the ban, so when he found some fresh honey on the ground in the forest (that’s normal, right?), he did what any young man would do, and he ate it! One of Jonathan’s fellow soldiers watched him eat it and told him what King Saul had said. We can learn a lot from Jonathan’s reply:

“My father has troubled the land. See how my eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this honey. How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies that they found. For now the defeat among the Philistines has not been great.

1 Samuel 14:29-30

Life is a constant battle, which is why it’s so important to stay well-nourished. Psalm 37:3 says to “feed on [God’s] faithfulness.” If you’re going to keep pushing forward in the fight of faith, it will require a heavy dose of God’s faithfulness to keep your eyes bright, heart strong, and faith moving. God’s Word is sweet. Feast on it regularly.

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