A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. (Prov 22:1 NKJV)
There seems to be in the heart of man a huge vacuum, a hole that longs to be filled.Â We see it in people that we label as â€œneedyâ€ because theyâ€™re constantly looking for people to love them and help them out.Â But in reality, weâ€™re all pretty â€œneedyâ€. Some people try to fill that hole with things.Â Some are out at the mall right now looking for that special something that will make them feel better, at least for another minute or two.Â Others are on the eternal quest for that next dollar. Someone once asked a wealthy man, â€œHow much money do you need to be satisfied?â€Â His reply?Â â€œJust a little moreâ€.Â We tell ourselves that a little more will be enough, but once we have it, we still arenâ€™t satisfied.
Solomon was a man of great wealth, so he saw it all from a perspective most of us donâ€™t have.Â He realized that satisfaction didnâ€™t come from more stuff. One of the things Solomon learned to treasure was the â€œnameâ€ he had.Â Your â€œnameâ€ is what people think of you.Â Itâ€™s the reputation you have among people who know you best.Â Solomon realized that having a reputation of integrity, honesty, purity, and faithfulness was more precious than wealth.
Solomon also learned to treasure this thing called â€œloving favorâ€.Â You could translate the words, â€œgood graceâ€.Â Itâ€™s being loved when you donâ€™t deserve it.Â Itâ€™s receiving kindness when you deserve punishment.Â And itâ€™s priceless.Â But how do we get such a thing?Â Beloved, you already have it.Â May you find yourself overflowed with Godâ€™s grace.Â Itâ€™s the best gift.