Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.
In my humility series, I explained that humility is the fear of the Lord. Showing respect for God and other people is how you exercise your humility. We found out that with humility comes wisdom. When you use your wisdom to make decisions that help people and honor the Lord, your wisdom increases.
In the first chapter of Second Chronicles, we read where Solomon used wisdom to ask for wisdom. That showed that he knew how to live in humility and wisdom.
But God gave him honor too. Why?
It’s all about the humility.
In James 3:13, we read, "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." Good deeds done in humility are the red flags that make others aware of your wisdom. If you’re not wise, you won’t have any red flags.
First comes humility. Then with it, comes wisdom. And then comes honor.
Who would you respect more? The person who yells for others to respect him or the person who shows respect to others? Honor only comes to those who have earned it.
The conditions have to be right for honor to show up. We honor those who earned that honor by showing their humility and wisdom.
Solomon had enough wisdom to ask for more wisdom. That proved that he was humble. That’s why God let him know he’d be getting honor as well. The conditions were right for the honor to make an appearance.
Don’t look for honor. Look for humility first, and honor will find you.