April 22, 2024


Proverbs 22:1-2 - A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.


Proverbs 22:1-2 teaches us that there are things in life that are far more valuable than money or material wealth. A good reputation and favor with God and others is something to be sought after and treasured above riches. These verses remind us that God is the Creator of all people, both rich and poor. In His eyes, a person's financial status does not determine their worth or value. The Bible is clear that the pursuit of money can lead us down a dangerous path. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils." When we make wealth our top priority, it can lead to greed, selfishness, and a lack of contentment. We may compromise our values or take advantage of others in order to get ahead financially. Ultimately, this will damage our reputation and relationships. Instead, as Christians, we are called to seek first God's kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). This means making our relationship with God our highest priority, followed by loving and serving others. When we live with integrity, treat people with kindness and respect, and use our resources to bless others, we will develop a good name that is more valuable than silver or gold. This doesn't mean we shouldn't plan wisely or work diligently to provide for our needs. But it does mean keeping money in its proper place, viewing it as a tool to steward rather than something to be worshipped. Contentment and generosity are marks of a heart that is rightly oriented towards God and others. As Proverbs 22:2 states, God is the maker of both the rich and the poor. He cares for all people and wants to use us to meet the needs of those around us, regardless of their financial situation. May we be a church that values people above possessions, that is known for our good name and upright character. As we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, He will guide us in how to view and handle money in a way that honors Him. Let's choose daily to pursue the riches of a godly life over the fleeting wealth of this world.


This passage in Proverbs provides an important perspective check for us when it comes to money and possessions. In a culture that often equates net worth with self-worth, we need this reminder that God defines success and significance differently. I love how Proverbs says that a good name is to be chosen, highlighting that this is an intentional pursuit. Integrity, humility, generosity - these are character qualities we must actively cultivate, with the help of the Holy Spirit. They don't happen by accident, and in fact, the default pull of our flesh is often toward self-centeredness and greed. The temptation is to think, "I'll focus on developing my character after I achieve my financial goals." But God wants our character to be the foundation, not the afterthought. He knows that if we don't steward our integrity well, any wealth we accumulate will be meaningless and potentially even destructive. I'm challenged by the question, "Am I more concerned with growing my bank account or becoming a person of godly reputation?" It's not that the two are always mutually exclusive, but if I'm honest, sometimes my priorities get out of whack. I can fixate on numbers and neglect the more intangible riches of righteousness. The beautiful thing is that when we do keep our focus on loving God and loving people, He meets our needs. Matthew 6:33 promises that when we seek first His kingdom, He will provide what we need. We can trust Him and operate from a place of peace and contentment. I'm also struck by the reminder in Proverbs 22:2 that God is the maker of both the rich and poor. In His economy, a person's value is not based on their income bracket. This should deeply shape how we view and treat one another in the Body of Christ. We are all image-bearers, equally loved and dignified in God's sight. May this truth free us from the comparison trap and drive us to greater compassion. May we be a community where the rich and poor truly do life together, learning from and sharing with one another. May we be marked by radical generosity, holding loosely to earthly treasures as we invest in eternal ones. I believe that as we align our perspective on money with God's heart, we will experience greater freedom and joy. We will be released from the exhausting rat race of always striving for more. We will find contentment in His provision and greater capacity to bless others. Let's ask God for the wisdom to keep money in its proper place, to steward it faithfully without letting it become an idol. Let's lean into His grace as we pursue the greater riches of righteousness and a good name. As we do, may He be glorified and may we reflect His generous heart to a watching world.


Heavenly Father, Thank You for the timeless wisdom of Your Word. I confess that too often, I can get caught up in the pursuit of money and possessions. Forgive me for the times I've valued earthly wealth above eternal riches. Help me to keep my priorities in proper alignment, seeking first Your Kingdom. Give me a heart to pursue integrity and a good name, even when it costs me. May my character be shaped by Your Spirit, reflecting the humility and generosity of Christ. Help me to view money as a tool to steward faithfully, holding it with an open hand. Protect me from the trap of greed and comparison. Thank You that You are the maker of both the rich and the poor. Help me to see people through Your eyes, valuing them based on their inherent worth as image-bearers. May I be a conduit of Your love and provision, ready to meet needs as You direct me. I choose today to place my security and significance fully in You, not in any earthly wealth or status. Teach me the secret of contentment in every situation, resting in Your care. May my life be marked by overflowing gratitude and generosity. Use me to point others to the greatest treasure of knowing You. I lay my finances before You, dedicating them to Your purposes. May I honor You in every transaction and financial decision. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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