Honor is Not Intended for Selfish People

Proverbs 26:1 Dissected & Defined

“As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.”

Dissected & Defined

Honor is a position of exaltation. A fool is someone who knows right but chooses wrong. Seemly is to be suited. Since it is “not seemly,” it means it is not suited. 

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

Summer is not suited for snow. Snow in the summer is a waste. There would be no purpose for it. Likewise, rain is intended for the planting and growing seasons. When it rains during harvest, it serves no real purpose. If it doesn’t rain until harvest, it’s too late. It won’t bring benefits.

Do Not Honor Foolish People

Solomon uses these two analogies when describing the exaltation of a fool. Honor is to grant esteem. Honor can be anything from public praise to positional promotion. God doesn’t want us to honor foolish people.

We know that God teaches us that we ought to have a high degree of respect and service toward our fellow man. We should never esteem ourselves over others. The old analogy that joy comes from placing Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last, is true. The same should be true for those whom we honor through praise or promotion. 

Before Honor is Humility

Solomon taught us elsewhere in Proverbs that “before honor is humility.” Humility is the absence of pride and arrogance. Pride is an undue esteem of one’s self and arrogance is an undue disregard for others. This wise king taught us to never praise or promote a person who thinks too much of themselves and not enough of others.

We do not deserve promotion from God by man if we do not place others in front of ourselves.
We know “others first” is right, but do we choose it? If not, we are fools—one who knows right but chooses wrong. We do not deserve promotion from God by man if we do not place others in front of ourselves. To do so would be foolish. Like unseasonable snow or rain, it is a waste of time and will not fulfill its purpose to honor a fool. So, remember, if you have a fool on your hands, you will not make them wise through undue esteem. You’re better off humbling them by overlooking their accomplishments.

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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