What’s worth having more than money?
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1 NIV).
If people can’t trust me, they won’t be likely to purchase my product or service or want me in their employ, but if I’m a person of integrity I will do well.
“Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life” (verse 4).
In the struggles with my health and aging it’s so easy to fret about the future. But no amount of money is going to ensure I’ll have a trouble-free life, or that things will stay the same as I grow old. The Bible doesn’t teach that. Instead, I read I’m to trust God, work hard, and live in humility.
We all stand on even ground. We all will need, at some point, more than we can provide for ourselves.
“Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all” (verse 2).
The following proverb is a prompt for keeping a good name. It shows that one way to love my neighbor as myself, as Jesus taught, is to share what I have with others.
“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor” (verse 9).
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for being a God I can trust and for teaching me what is most valuable in life. No matter what the future holds, I will trust you, love you, and share with others. You are able to provide for my needs. Thank you!
by Kathy Sheldon Davis