The Scoville scale is a measurement of heat in spices and food. It has gained a degree of notoriety with social media darlings who endeavor to boast of their prowess, besting others by seeing who can eat the hottest chili peppers. On the Scoville scale, the familiar poblano pepper clocks in at 1250 Scoville units. The hottest known chili pepper is the Carolina Reaper, rated at 1.5 million Scoville units. What about other tastes? Surprisingly, there is not a similar scale for sweetness and most measurements compare the sweetness to solutions of sucrose, which is popularly known as table sugar, made from a combination of glucose and fructose. For a practical reference, honey is objectively and subjectively sweeter than table sugar since it contains a greater amount of fructose, a sweeter sugar than glucose alone. There are other known sweeter substances. Lugduname is estimated at three hundred thousand times sweeter than sucrose. However, it is a synthetic creation and not readily available. Thus, honey is still one of the sweetest naturally occurring substances.
How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.
Psalms 119:103 (NLT)
The Bible uses many examples of honey as benchmarks for sweetness. The above Bible verse extols the sweetness of God’s Words, comparing it to honey. For these ancient worshipers of God, this must have made a deep impression! Sweeter than honey? Give me some of that! But how can God’s Words be tasted? God is asking believers to use all of their senses when we worship Him. Utilizing our eyes and ears is easy to understand but we can utilize senses like taste and smell when we experience the beauty and splendor of God’s creation. When we enjoy a good meal or experience the crispness in the air after a rain, we can worship and thank God for this. Let your imagination run wild and you will see God in His creation.
Sweeter than honey.
Sweetness is not just a taste, it is also a spiritual quality. Only God is at the top of the sweetness scale!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.