Riches, Honor, and Life: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (February 3, 2017)

Proverbs 22:4 (NKJV)
By humility and the fear of the LORD
Are riches and honor and life.

treasure_treasure_chest_euro_219097What is humility? It is being humble. It is thinking of others more highly than we think of ourselves. It is not putting ourselves down—it is putting others up. It is the opposite of being prideful.

What is the fear of the Lord? We learned a song about it at the beginning of the year. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. It is what keeps us from sinning. It is what makes us prosper. The fear of the Lord is a love for God that is so strong that we are afraid to do anything that would displease Him.

Do you want a good life? Do you want the American dream of life, liberty, and happiness? This proverb says that we need two things to achieve that. We need humility and we need the fear of the Lord.

Last week we talked about riches, and how riches are a good thing. We talked about how having a good name is even better than riches—another word for “having a good name” is honor. Honor builds a good name. Underneath both honor and riches is the simple blessing of life—a good life here on earth, and eternal life in heaven with Jesus.

Riches, honor, life—those are all things you should want. They are all things that come from the Lord to those who serve Him with humble hearts.

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