2. The Good Life
Verse Of The Day: May 2
Proverbs 22:4 NLT
“True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.”
It is a great sign of health to want to live a long life with riches and honour. This is a life that has more than you need, so you can help others. A life that is respected by others, so you can influence them the right way. And a life that lasts a long time, so you can help many more people.
One of the reasons we don't have much is because we don't honour the Lord with what He has given us. Sometimes the reason others don't respect us is because we don't have any self respect.
True humility is to prefer others as better than ourselves. When we respect other people they feel valued, and this helps relationships flourish.
To fear the Lord does not mean we must be scared of Him. It means we have a sense of awe or wonder or respect of Him. Think about standing on a high cliff and seeing the huge drop. It would be healthy to have a respect and fear of gravity. Not because gravity is trying to hurt us but because gravity says you will be safe if you obey me.
To fear God is to love Him and live a life that pleases Him. Studying His word and representing His values helps you to make the right choices that lead to riches, honour and a long life.
Do I have a healthy respect and fear of God?
Lord, You are the creator of heaven and earth. Everything belongs to You. I know it brings You pleasure when I live a life that reflects Your values. Help me to love others more and serve them the way You want me to. Amen.