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Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Many people believe it is important to make a name for themselves in pursuit of success, wealth, and happiness. Yet in Proverbs 22 we are advised to choose a good name over great riches.

This chapter guides us through the process of making a name--not for self-glorification, but for the glory of God. Verse 4 explains how to attain true success and happiness: “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.”

Notice how God follows up with specific blessings for those who choose a good name over great riches!
Service: He who has a generous eye will be blessed (v. 9).
Humility: He who loves purity of heart and has grace on his lips, the king will be                     his friend (v. 11).
Wealth and Honor: Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand   before kings (v. 29).

The wise admonitions of this chapter also define wrong choices and their consequences. How kind of God to steer us in the right direction and to point out the danger zones!
Trying times: Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse (v. 5).
Sorrow: He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow (v. 8).
Financial woes: He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty (v. 16).

We become equipped for right living, according to verses 17-21, by applying our hearts to God’s knowledge and placing the words of God’s wisdom on our lips. Our trust in the Lord becomes fortified. As we make this commitment, we come to know and understand the true words from God. They become fixed in our minds and fall easily from our lips. We share God’s formula with others, especially our children, to guide them in the way they should go.

Ultimately, each individual will choose either to make a name for himself or herself in pursuit of earthly success or to pursue a good name over worldly riches and experience the blessings of God. What is your choice today?

“Dear Lord, please help me make the right choices today and pursue a good name, not for myself, but for Your honor and glory.  Amen.”

Susan Marcellino
Viewer Services Manager
Hope Channel, Inc.