Tag Archives: Proverbs 22
Your name, your reputation, it means something. In a day when it seems like reputation doesn’t mean as much, it is important to note that not everyone looks up to the people on television or in the sports arena like they can do no wrong. Many times, when someone does something to take advantage of others, to build up their own treasures at the expense of others, when it is revealed, their moral authority is gone.
The Bible tells us to choose a good reputation over great riches. This doesn’t mean having silver or gold is bad. The verse makes it clear that if you had to choose one, choose to be one with a good reputation, one who is “held in high esteem.” A good reputation cannot be taken away unless you have a moment of turmoil. Riches come and go. Riches aren’t as important as your moral authority.
It is so easy to let go of your good name just for some extra money. We all have moments of greed. Be sure to remember that it takes years to build up a good reputation; it takes a second to make a bad decision that will destroy that same reputation. Choose a good reputation. Live so your name is a good one, a name that doesn’t cause you or your family to shrink and hide. A good reputation helps you to shine a light on Jesus!
“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” – Proverbs 22:1 [NLT]
There are moments when we are supposed to press forward in a particular direction and moments that we should turn away from a situation. I’m sure you have heard the phrase “choose your battles.” It takes good discernment to know when to continue forward and when to run in another direction. Proverbs 22:3 states: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”
There are times in our lives when it is best for us to not continue forward down a particular path. Perhaps a person or situation will not be beneficial to our spiritual walk. Perhaps there is danger lurking and God has another path for us. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas found out that there was a plot to stone them and they ran. They took off and went to another area.
It is important to know when to stand your ground and when to move onward. We might not always make the right decision. Always ask yourself, does what I am doing give glory to God? Does what I am doing further the Kingdom? Or is it simply fighting back in a battle that is not ours? Remember that Christ already has the victory. We are meant to share the message of Christ, not force it upon people. There were moments when Jesus Christ left particular areas. He was focused on His mission; so too, we should stay focused.
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” – Proverbs 22:3 [NIV]