HONOR IS A KEY
Prov. 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all your getting get understanding.
Prov. 4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote you:
she shall bring you to HONOR, when you embrace her.
One of the most important things we will ever learn in this life is that God has laws and principles that endure forever and must be obeyed. Learning principles and practicing those principles will cause us to walk in success. We are in a Kingdom that consists of laws, principles, decrees, statutes, and precepts.
One of the most powerful laws of God is the law of "Honor". One of the Hebrew terms for honor is the word "kabod" or "kavod," meaning glory, majesty, splendor and weightiness. An Ancient Hebrew picture of honor is that of the liver. Why the liver? Because the liver is the heaviest, largest and most dense organ in our bodies. One of the liver's functions is to collect toxins, transform them and then eliminate them. We can live without various body organs but we cannot live without the liver. Just as we cannot survive without our livers, we cannot have success in our lives without honor. As I was researching pictures of the liver, I saw for the first time that the liver was in the shape of the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the "Yud". The "Yud" is a picture of the hand, and demonstrates that God is the one who touches our lives, bestowing honor.
Many of God's people and leaders are suffering today due to lack of honor from those they are called to lead. Yet, do we who are called to leadership understand the power of honoring those whom we lead?
I want to share a few simple thoughts I have about the power of honor and dishonor.
HONOR BELONGS TO GOD
Psalm 96:6 "Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary." By exalting and embracing wisdom, we are brought to HONOR. If we want to walk in favor and honor, we must understand where honor originates. True honor can only be obtained from the sanctuary in Heaven. Disrespectful and disobedient people are not being promoted to places of true honor because of their lack of respect for the LORD, His word and His requirements.
HONOR IS OBTAINED BY OBEYING INSTRUCTION
Prov. 15:33 "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility." Are you seeing the favor of God in your life? If we fail to recognize the importance of daily honoring the Father and His instructions, it can cost us our positions, our authority and even our anointing.
Let's look at the life of Saul. Saul was being honored by God when he was anointed King by Samuel (I Sam. 10:1). Samuel the Prophet, about whom God said not one of his words would fall to the ground, gave Saul specific instructions. He told him to go before him into Gilgal; that he would meet him there to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings. He told him to wait for seven (7) days until he got there and that he would then give him his next set of instructions (I Sam. 10:8).
Saul dishonored the prophet by refusing to follow all of the instructions. I Sam. 13:8 "And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him." Saul took matters into his own hands when he didn't see Samuel and when the people left him. Saul's test represents a huge test for all leaders; obey God no matter what. Obedience to the voice of God can cause you to be left alone. Saul disobediently offered sacrifices without Samuel. When Samuel arrived, Saul was reprimanded for doing something foolish. Samuel tells him that he did NOT keep the commandment/instruction of the LORD (I Sam. 13:13)
The Book of Proverbs is very clear about fools. You can identify a fool by their despising of instruction. Samuel tells Saul that his kingdom would have been established upon Israel forever, but now his kingdom would not continue (I Sam. 13:13-14).
One act of disrespect and dishonor of the man-of-God's instructions cost Saul the kingdom. Saul's lack of ability to walk in the wisdom of God cost him honor. Samuel tells Saul that God has sought a (different) man, one after his own heart, because Saul did not guard the instructions of God (I Sam. 13:14). We know His chosen replacement was David. The man God chose to replace Saul is quoted as saying, Psa. 119:141 "I am small and despised; yet I do not forget your precepts."
I have heard it said that if you are experiencing success, you can trace it to those you have chosen to honor. I have also heard it said that restoration rarely occurs after a decision of dishonor has been made. If we will look at the Ancient Hebrew picture of the liver and remember it has the power to transform and eliminate toxins, we will have our hope restored.
HONOR WITHIN THE BODY
I sincerely believe if we endeavor to understand the seriousness of honor and start practicing honoring one another, our lives will dramatically change for the better. We must first seek and receive honor from heaven to operate in honor. We are called to "honor all men" and to also "honor the king" (I Pet. 2:17). We are to honor the elders of the church (I Tim. 5:17). We are to honor widows that are truly widows (I Tim. 5:3). We are to honor our spouses (I Pet. 3:7 and Eph. 5:22). We are to honor the elderly (Lev. 19:32). We are called to honor our parents (Exod. 20:12). In John 12:26 Jesus says that if any man will serve him, the Father will honor him.
Gary Smalley said it beautifully in his book "I Promise You Forever", "Honor is a way of accurately seeing the immense value of a person made in God's image. God created each one of us as a one-of-a-kind person with unique gifts and a unique personality. He sees each of us as precious and valuable because He sees the innate worth He built into us."
May the Lord begin a new work in all of us. May we become skilled in HONOR.
Blessings and honor,