Through the Bible Day by Day
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
“HE THAT LOVETH PURENESS OF HEART”
Great riches are not always a great blessing. When they are held in trust for God, they afford the opportunity of giving a vast amount of happiness to the benefactor as well as to those benefited. But we recall other riches, which do not consist in what a man has, but in what he is. There are four levels of human experience-to have, to do, to know, and to be-and these in their order are like iron, silver, gold, precious stones.
Some of these riches are enumerated here: a good name and loving favor, Pro_22:1; the faith that hides in God, Pro_22:3; true humility and godly fear, Pro_22:4; the child-heart, Pro_22:6; the beautiful eye and open hand, Pro_22:9; purity of heart and thought, Pro_22:11; alacrity and diligence, Pro_22:13. If only we would cultivate the inward graces and gifts of our soul-life, all who feel our influence would be proportionately enriched.