by John Michalak
The result of humility and the fear of the LORD is wealth, honor, and life.
There’s a popular gift-exchange game played around Christmas called, The White Elephant. Everyone buys a gift that can be humorous, perhaps valuable, but very often, totally useless. The useless, unwanted gifts are called a “white elephant”: perhaps an ugly piece of home décor, a wacky garden gnome, a rusty tire iron, or a CD from some bad musician.
While rules vary, part of the excitement is in stealing something of value from another player, or in trading a gift you don’t want for something you do. No one wants to be stuck at the end with a white elephant.
Proverbs 22:4 speaks of valuable gifts that we all desire: wealth, honor, life itself. The problem is that, while we desire these gifts, we want them while still holding onto our pride. We want wealth without trusting God for our provision. We want honor without first humbling ourselves and giving God His due honor. We want life without revering God as the source of life.
Understand that your pride and independence are nothing but a white elephant: useless, ugly, more of a burden than a pleasure. But unlike the party game, God wants your white elephant! And in exchange, He will give you the most valuable gifts in the room.