Practice the Law of Honor
Proverbs 27:18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
To get to where we want to go, we must practice the law of honor. Based on Proverbs 27:18, the law of honor says that if we honor those who are set over us, then honor will come to us. Within that context, honoring kings in our environment is a seed we must sow for our promotion. No one will get very far dishonoring those who are set over them. One place in the Bible where this was revealed was in Numbers 16. Korah, Dathan and Abiram led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron and the earth swallowed them up and all they possessed. When we dishonor those who are set over us, we are liable to pay a heavy price. Miriam, who was Moses’ sister, also made the mistake of speaking against Moses because he married an Ethiopian woman and as a result God struck her with leprosy in Numbers 12. A perceived flaw in someone in authority, does not give us the right to disrespect them.
The Bible characters who attained uncommon success all practiced the law of honor; Esther is only one of many examples. She became queen by honoring those who were set over her. Esther 2:15 tells us that when it was Esther’s time to go into the King, “she required nothing but what Hegai, the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed”. What the scripture is telling us is that Esther submitted herself to Hegai by following his instructions, although he was only the keeper of the women. As a result, the scripture noted that “Esther obtained favor in the sight of all of them that looked upon her”. With favor came her promotion as she was made the next queen. That was not the only time that Esther practiced the law of honor, she made it a habit. In Esther 4, after the decree was made that all the Jews in the province of Shushan should be killed on the 13th day of the 12th month, Esther responded to the situation by fasting for 3 days and then put into action the law of honor. She put it into practice by inviting the King to two (2) banquets that she had organized for him, on consecutive days, and then she brought the matter to his attention. Esther ascribed double honor to the king and in the end got the result she wanted.
There were three (3) things that ensued from Esther’s practice of the law of Honor: she attracted favor, was promoted to be the next queen; and used the law of honor to turnaround what was a difficult situation. Practice the law of honor and create uncommon success, even as Esther did.
Life Application: Practice the law of honor by serving and following the instructions of those who have been set over you. Other ways to make it a habit include: speaking kind words to them, helping them to solve problems; and, giving them gifts.
Prayer: Lord, you have guided us in your word to honor those in authority. May we in humility serve and honor those you have set above us. In Jesus’ name, amen.