“Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.” -Proverbs 31:23
Several days ago, I did a blog post on reputations in the Bible. Our reputation matters!
Have you ever read Proverbs 31? It’s the ultimate chapter in the Bible that lists several qualities that make a godly woman…the Proverbs 31 woman. I just caught this today, but have you ever noticed verse 23? It says, “Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.” I think this implies that her husband has a good reputation! Isn’t it interesting that the Proverbs 31 woman, an outstanding woman with incredible virtues, is married to someone with a good reputation? In verse 31, it says, “…and let her own works praise her in the gates.” She also is of good repute. Her husband made a great catch! 😉
I wrote briefly about King Hezekiah several months ago and how he has an amazing reputation…read this! 2 Kings 18:5 says, “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him.” In verse 7, it reads, “The Lord was with him; he prospered wherever he went.” What was his secret? He trusted the Lord and held fast to Him (2 Kings 18:6). His reputation is one of prosperity and success, but specifically because he had his focus in the right place.
Solomon, the wisest man ever, was known far and wide for his wisdom. The Queen of Sheba came to visit him to see if what she had heard was true. In 1 Kings 10:6, “Then she said to the king: ‘It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.'” Later on, she praises God (verse 9)! That’s the effect that our reputation should have on others…it should point them to God and His love for us. It should take the focus off of us and instead be on Christ.
I guess my point is this…we all have a reputation. What kind of reputation are we building? Are we building a good or bad one? And if good, are we putting the spotlight on us, or are we using our reputation to reflect the glory of God (like Hezekiah and Solomon)? That’s something that I’ve been challenging myself to do- to not only continue building a good reputation, but build it to glorify God.