“But I will feed you with the finest of wheat, and with honey from a rock I would satisfy you.” – Psalm 81:16
When I think of a rock I think of a hard object. Oftentimes people talk about being “between a rock and a hard place.” Rocks can be dangerous. Kids throw them at buildings and shatter glass, kids throw them at cars and create dents. Rocks can be dividing – walls made of brick and stone keeping others out. But rocks can also be positive. Some people collect rocks. Some rocks tell a story of times long past – they are fossils. Some rocks are used to build things. We talk of something being “rock solid” when we mean something is good or strong. We tell kids to “rock on”.
Here God is promising to provide for us not just with a mediocre amount, but with the finest wheat He has. He says He can bring honey from a rock – mirroring the truth of Him bringing water to the parched Israelities from a rock in the desert. We have all tasted honey. It’s sweet – a natural sweetener for our coffee and tea. I provides healing for the common cold. It is included in many throat lozanges. Here God is saying that from the difficult times in our lives He is making something sweet. When we go through trials it may feel like nothing good will ever come out of it. It may feel like the rock overpowers our lives, but God is using the rocks in our lives to not just produce honey for us, but for many others as well. When life seems hopeless and desperate we have only to cling to Him and His promises.
“In seasons of distress and grief my soul has often found relief. And oft escaped the Tempter’s snare, by Thy return sweet hour of prayer.” (Sweet Hour of Prayer, William Walford, 1845)