Last time, we looked at one point of Proverbs 27:7:
A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.
The second point I’d like to discuss is how to loathe the honeycomb; in other words, how to have a satisfied soul. I love Oreos. I have since I was a little boy. “Oreo” is the first word I learned how to spell. Yet even I have a limit as to how many of them I can eat. At a certain point, I put the bag away, finish my milk, and am well-satisfied.
That doesn’t seem to be the case, however, with people who are looking to boost their self-esteem. There are never enough compliments, never enough promotions, never enough willing sexual partners, never enough pounds shed, and never enough money or possessions bought. Even people who are on top of the world in what they’re getting their value from never seem satisfied. Michael Jordan won five NBA titles and still went for a 6th one. Then he retired and came back, seemingly to prove that he could still compete at a high level despite his age. He was already considered the greatest basketball player ever, but it wasn’t enough. He needed another title, then another chance to prove he was still a good player.
Your soul will never be satisfied as long as you are looking anywhere else for your value. If you look to the world for your value, the world could worship you save for one person, and it wouldn’t be enough. Haman is proof enough of that. The king had promoted him above everyone else in the kingdom. Wherever he went, everyone but the king himself bowed…and Mordecai. And because Mordecai didn’t bow down to him, Haman was furious enough that he tried to destroy all the Jews in the entire kingdom.
You may be able to overlook one person not liking you if your value comes from your job, but I doubt you could hear actual non-constructive criticism about your work performance and just blow it off. If your value comes from your looks, see what happens the next time someone insinuates you could lose a few pounds. If it comes from how desirable you are, get rejected and see how that affects you. All the success in the world won’t be able to overcome that one failure. Even if you get past it without a Haman-like blowup, it will irk you. Why? Because your soul is not satisfied. At your core, you’re not convinced that you’re valuable, and so your search continues.
Only recognizing your value in Christ is enough to make you truly satisfied. The rest is just bitter things that are sweet to your hungry soul.