21 Habits For Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 18

Daily Devotional

Protect your Good Name and Maintain Favor

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

King Solomon teaches us in Proverbs 22:1 to choose a good name over great riches. The implication of the scripture is that we should place a greater value on maintaining a good name than riches, gold or silver. Why is this important? First, even if we have all the riches in the world and our reputation is tarnished then we could lose it all. From that perspective it can be seen that a good name is far more valuable. Furthermore, people tend to remember your past mistakes more than your accomplishments, therefore, doing something that soils your good name could block your progress for the rest of your life. The life of Manasseh is an example of that, although he turned to God in 2 Chronicles 33:13, the people of Judah still remembered him as an evil King and so after his death he was not buried where the Kings of Judah were typically buried, but instead he was buried in his own house.

The major problem with allowing your good name to be spoiled is that you will lose favor with people in your environment, when the reality is that you need favor to create uncommon success.  Recall that it was favor with the King and those who saw her that caused Esther to ascend to the throne as queen. Also, Joseph’s promotion to governor of Egypt was the result of him gaining the favor of Pharaoh. Favor is very important for your victory. Therefore, build and maintain favor in your environment by protecting your good name.

Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, chose money and garments over maintaining favor with his master and was made worse off.  In 2 Kings 5:20 after Elisha refused to accept any gift from Naaman for his healing, Gehazi decided to run after him and took two (2) talents of silver and two (2) new garments without Elisha’s knowledge. When he returned, he lied to Elisha on the matter, and it was decreed upon him that the leprosy of Hamann would be upon him and his seed forever. By putting money and clothes over preserving his good name and favor, Gehazi lost more than he gained. It was not worth it. The silver and the change of clothes would not have been much benefit when he had to live in isolation for the rest of his life. In addition, his seed also had to live with the consequence of his action for the rest of their lives. Do whatever it takes to maintain favor by protecting your good name.

Life Application: Protect your good name and maintain favor by acting with integrity under all circumstances while consistently doing what the word of God says.

Prayer: Lord, help me to protect my name at all cost. May I always choose to do the right thing even when the alternative seems beneficial. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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