Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 3
Verse 35: “The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.”
I was watching a news program the other day as they discussed the president’s latest endeavors. Serving his second and therefore final term as president, he has no concern for strategizing a campaign. The commentators continued, “He doesn’t have to concern himself with pleasing the demographics that would be necessary for reelection, but has rather shifted his focus on his legacy.” When we evaluate a president that has no concern for reelection, it’s rather easy to see what they want to be remembered for. They are concerned for how they will be recorded in history. They want to relish in the glory of their legacy that hasn’t been fully recorded and strive to avoid being viewed as foolish.
Although having some level of concern for your legacy is okay, for the most part it’s vanity in nature. What I mean is, Scripture teaches us to give and it shall be given unto us, but we know that we should give without the motive to be given unto. Likewise, as today’s “gold nugget” says, “The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.” It’s true that the wise shall inherit glory, but walking in wisdom for the purpose of honoring God should be its own reward. Those who are overly concerned with what people think of them, how they will be remembered in history or simply how well they are received by society leans more towards foolishness and will likely leave a legacy of shame. We will do well to simply pursue the wisdom of God for the better service to His Kingdom and let our legacy work itself out.
Lord, help me to be passionate for your wisdom so that I may be of better service to you and let my reputation, perception and legacy be what you make of it. Amen
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