Proverbs in 365 Devotions

June 24

Proverbs 11:16 A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.

Honor And God

Robin Aylor

I like how Solomon quite often criss-crosses comparisons… they work fine but you have to think about it.

He could have said a gracious woman gets honor and vicious conniving women gets riches… instead he mixes the genders which tends to make me pause.

Basically, I think the issues is not whether you are a man or a woman… but whether you will pursue riches or honor. Of course you may by happenstance obtain both but they can’t be equal goals.

There will be many, many times in life when you have to choose between the two. Will I report all my income on my tax form or be a cheater? Will I slander a fellow employee in order to get the job they are applying for or give them the praise they deserve? Will I fudge on my income in order to get a loan for a new car or home? Will I spend more time at home with my family or work 60 hours a week to enjoy the high life? Will I choose riches or honor? Will you vote for the candidate who promises a better economy or the one who is most honorable? Etc.

Jesus was even more specific he seems to replace the word honor with God. Remember he said in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

But truthfully God is the only one who is actually honorable. Our wicked hearts even deceive our own selves.

Thankfully through the graciousness of God in Jesus, we can receive his forgiveness and our heart can be changed to live out gracious lives ourselves that bring honor to him.