Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Men not only develop reputations among other men, but they also develop a reputation with the Lord. A wise individual seeks “favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” Fortunately, the path to favour in the sight of God follows the same course as that of finding favour in the sight of the right kind of men. According to Proverbs 3:1-3, these elements include remembrance of God’s law, keeping the commandments, and forsaking not mercy and truth. Before dismissing the importance of this dual favour amongst both God and man, consider that the scriptures inform us that the Lord Jesus increased in wisdom leading to an increase in “favour with God and man.”
• (For children): Samuel grew in favour with God and man (1 Samuel 2:11, 26), as did Daniel (Daniel 1:8-9; Daniel 6:3), as did Joseph (Genesis 39:3-4, 21-23). Consider Romans 14:17-18.
• (For everyone): Who are some others in scripture that found good favour in the sight of God and man? How did their reputations help them find favour?
• Why is it important to have a good reputation with the Lord and amongst the right kind of people? How much is your reputation based upon your own efforts?
• Ask the Lord to help you find favour in His sight.
• Ask God to show you His path to a good reputation.
SONG: O TO BE LIKE THEE
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 4, WEEK 37)
A man’s salutation is the initial window to the condition of his heart.
Paul’s salutation was so important that though he did not personally pen all of his epistles, he informed us that he personally penned his salutation (2 Thessalonians 3:17).