Bible Bites

Bible Bites

The Bitter and the Sweet

“Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” (Revelation 10:9)

            In the apocalyptic vision of Revelation, John is given a book to eat.  His eating the book is symbolic of taking in the truth that God’s Word is going to reveal to him.  God’s Word is both sweet and bitter.  This was true for John, and it is true for us, too.

It is sweet to hear, “Love your enemies.”  It is often a bitter pill to actually do that.

It is sweet to hear God will cause all things to work together for good.  It can be a bitter taste to go through trials which eventually make us better people.

It is sweet to hear forgiveness is a gift, but it can be bitter to offer forgiveness when you are the one it costs something to offer it.

            The Scriptures contain lovely truths which often lead us to difficult life choices.  They are sweet to talk about, but the journey of obedience can often feel bitter.  Stay the course – the end of obedience is a sweet fruit, too!

Matthew 4:4 #Biblebites