12-24-06

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.  We see it in people that we label as “needy” because they’re constantly looking for people to love them and help them out.  But in reality, we’re all pretty “needy”. Some people try to fill that hole with things.  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.  Others are on the eternal quest for that next dollar. Someone once asked a wealthy man, “How much money do you need to be satisfied?”  His reply?  “Just a little more”.  We tell ourselves that a little more will be enough, but once we have it, we still aren’t satisfied.

Solomon was a man of great wealth, so he saw it all from a perspective most of us don’t have.  He realized that satisfaction didn’t come from more stuff. One of the things Solomon learned to treasure was the “name” he had.  Your “name” is what people think of you.  It’s the reputation you have among people who know you best.  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 “loving favor”.  You could translate the words, “good grace”.  It’s being loved when you don’t deserve it.  It’s receiving kindness when you deserve punishment.  And it’s priceless.  But how do we get such a thing?  Beloved, you already have it.  May you find yourself overflowed with God’s grace.  It’s the best gift.