A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Rich and poor have this in common:
the Lord is the Maker of them all
(Proverbs 22:1,2 NIV).
A good name infers solid character and trustworthiness. Solomon is most noted for much wealth and many wives. God wholly endorsed his credibility. He was noted for requesting God for wisdom- the right thing. Our purpose is to live a life as Jesus would—knowing and serving God.
The writers of Proverbs state a name in good standing is important, has enduring power, and shows good character. Being right with God is the foundation for living. Throughout biblical history few people are known to have godly character.
A good name implies fairness or fair dealing, impartiality, righteous ways, honesty, and integrity. Gospel accounts show Jesus displays all these character traits.
Jesus taught and trained the disciples with compassion through words, and action. They learned rather slowly, so don’t be surprised that learning godly character is a long process, rather than a short one. Our purpose is to live life as Jesus would, serving God.
Prayer: Father, keep me in your Word, the lamp unto my feet. Reveal me how to live solid character and trustworthiness. Selah.