The Fountain Day 255: Honoring God and honoring others

Our culture talks a lot about honoring.  Some churches preach honor.  Honor is an important thing…but I sometimes wonder how much we really know about it.  What does real honor look like?  Because in some circumstances, honor is defined as whatever gives a person in authority the freedom to do as they please without accountability.  That may be a strong statement, but it’s been my experience.  One of my children talks to me about wanting to honor me and Chris…but if they are challenged in any way or stretched at all, then that’s out the window and their will is most important.  Still another strong, but true statement, based on my experience.  I’m convinced that sometimes we like the word “honor” more than we like the action of honoring.

It’s easy to say, “I want to honor you.”  But words are pointless when actions don’t coincide with them.  Honor, like love, is a verb. 

So, what is honor?  What does it really look like to show honor to God?

“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me.  If you keep to My path, I will reveal to you in salvation of God.”  Psalm 50:23

This scripture shows us one of the most important factors in honoring.  Being thankful. 

Gratitude, I believe, is the core principle of an honoring heart.  It’s from a position of gratitude that we find our hearts in a place of humility that allows real honor to burst forth. 

This is a season to be on our faces before God…on our knees with arms outstretched, thanking Him for all He’s doing.  This is a humbling season.  Gratitude is the way through…and this extends into an honoring attitude. 

Next step, stay on God’s path. 

Stay the course when it’s hard.  Stay the course when you have a measure of breakthrough.  Stay the course when you can’t see a way through.  Stay the course.

We are nearing very significant breakthrough on many different levels, and the worst thing any of us could do now, is give up. 

Don’t give up!!  We will make it through this season. 

The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.  Psalm 12:6

As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”  When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much.  The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.  2 Corinthians 10:17-18