Day 22: Proverbs 22: 1,4
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and loving favor is better than silver or gold.
The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
is riches and honor and life
- We are told that both a good name and favor are better than riches
- Humility and fear of the Lord brings riches and more
- Humility and fear of the Lord lead to eternal treasures and blessings
- There seems to be a temporal vs eternal comparison here
There are two things which are more valuable and which we should covet more than great riches: 1. To be well spoken of, to have a good name, a name associated with our actions and faith and 2. To be well beloved, to have an interest in the esteem and affections of all about us; this is better than silver and gold. Christ has neither silver nor gold, but he grew in favor with God and man (Luke. 2:52).
We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name than that by which we may raise and increase a great estate. Great riches bring great cares with them, expose men to danger, and add no real value to a man. A fool and a knave may have great riches, but a good name makes a man easy and safe, supposes a man wise and honest, and reflects the glory of God. This should teach us to set our hearts upon those things that are lovely and of good report, (Phil. 4:8).
One could argue faith is walking in humility and the fear of the Lord (Micah 6:8). We must so reverence God's majesty and authority as to submit with all humility to the commands of his word and the disposals of his providence. We must have such low thoughts of ourselves as to behave humbly towards God and man. Where the fear of God is there will be humility. What is to be gained by humility (riches, and honor, and long life) is spiritual riches and honor in the favor of God, and the promises and privileges of the covenant of grace, and eternal life at last. This is INFINITELY more valuable than the riches described in verse 1.
Lord, I need you. Pride often keeps our eyes focused inward and not outward. Idolatry and greed keep our hearts focused on treasures that do not compare to your grace and the inheritance we receive as your children. Please change my heart to desire walking humbly with you. Heal my heart and mind with Your truth, and help me walk in diligence and generosity. Focus my heart and eyes on the needs of others. Thank you for loving me despite my selfishness. In the powerful, saving name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
- Deacon John Tucker