Our scripture this morning is Proverbs 22:1-4.

Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both. A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.

Proverbs are little gems of wisdom, given by God to inspired people for our benefit. Many of these are from King Solomon who was known for asking God for wisdom over earthly riches or power (2 Chronicles 1; 1 Kings 3). These wise sayings help us to see potential problems and by following God’s word, avoid them.

This set of proverbs speaks of the fact that our relationship with God and each other is worth far more than any earthly wealth. It tells us that God made all of us and in His eyes we are all the same. Only we divide ourselves by the human standards of wealth, class or heritage.

It teaches us that “true humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life”, not scrambling for wealth or seeking to be the center of attention. When we are in a right relationship with our Creator, we can accomplish wonderful things using the gifts we have been given. God wants us to be wise in His ways and love each other as He loves us.

Heavenly Father, we are blessed to receive Your wisdom. Help us to follow the guidance You give us and go in Your name to share the Good News everywhere. Amen.

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