Big Hill Bible Studies
11 July 2018
I didn't get past the first two verses without being challenged to consider the stated truth. Consider this, would you rather have a good name or $1,000,000. We live in times where it is believed enough money can provide whatever you need. There is a country song that goes, "Money can't buy happiness, but it could buy me a boat, it could buy me a truck to pull it. . ." Some believe if we have enough money or possessions we can be happy with nothing else.
Verse 2 states, "The rich and the poor have a common bond, the LORD is the maker of them all." What does this say to us about our time on earth? If the Lord made the rich and poor alike, what do you think He has planned for us? We are made in His image. Made to love Him with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength. And we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. The way I see this, we are not to be ruled by the world's standards. As a matter of the fact, we are told, "the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil" (1 Timothy 6:10).
In light of all this, I have a thought for you. If a good name is better than great wealth and the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil, then we can conclude that money will not necessarily buy a good name. Using the standard of the culture, who is alive today that has a good name? Who is in the headlines? Who do we look up to? Who do our children want to be like? Do you think this is the "good name" being discussed in this Proverb? Let's draw some comparisons. Who in the Scriptures had a good name? Let's place these along side those in our culture. The thing I hope and pray we see , is that the people we believe have good names also possess godly characteristics. We will note that their good names did not happen due to their great wealth. As a matter of fact, many folks I consider to have a good name have very little wealth (in a worldly sense). Their treasures have not been stored up here, but rather have been stored up in heaven (see Matthew 6).
It is not about what you have accumulated, but rather what we have been given. I was brought up to "remember who's you are." Christ said, "By this all men will know that you are My disciples. If you have love for one another" (John 13:35). How do you want to be known, by what you have or by who's you are? Think about this.