Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 8: 1-18; 1 Kings 9: 15 through 1 Kings 10: 13; 2 Chronicles 9: 1-12, 1 Kings 10: 14-29; 2 Chronicles 9: 13-28; 2 Chronicles 1: 14-17
What comes to mind when you see the word “fame?” It probably depends on your age. The first thing I thought of was the title song to “Fame, the Musical,” but when I typed the word in my Google search box I was introduced to another fame song by Lady Gaga. What better person to talk about fame in 2013 than the self-proclaimed fame monster herself!
Here are eight lines of “The Fame” by Lady Gaga:
I can’t help myself
I’m addicted to a life of material
It’s some kind of joke
I’m obsessively opposed to the typical
Fame doin’ it for the fame
’cause we wanna live the life of the rich and famous
Fame doin’ it for the fame
’cause we gotta taste for champagne and endless fortune
Unfortunately, for many this is a description of the American dream, and yes, they’re “doing it for the fame.”
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition defines fame as public estimation.
Is seeking public opinion a bad thing?
Is fame something we should run away from like a dreaded addiction?
The word fame occurs 24 times in the Bible (KJV). It was used to describe God, Jesus, David, Joshua, Solomon and a handful of others. A true hall of “fame!” Just for fun do a Google search on “the top 5 most famous people of 2013″ and see how they stand up the biblical hall of fame. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
It took a lot to be famous in the Bible; very few could read or write. There were no T.V.s, phones, email, or internet. It was strictly word of mouth. The queen of Sheba lived over a thousand miles from King Solomon and she had heard of his fame. Wow, that was some game of gossip!
I think the answer to our fame questions lie in this verse:
When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, which brought honor to the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. –1 Kings 10: 1
The type of fame that Solomon had was a good thing because it brought honor to the name of the Lord. In everything we’ve read so far Solomon wasn’t seeking fame, he was doing the job he was called to do—building the Temple of the Lord.
From Solomon’s example running to fame is not what wise people do. Fame should have to search for us and it should always find us bringing honor to the Lord.
We’re going to find later in the life of Solomon that fame is part of the “success test” and it is something that few can handle.
But for now, here’s the last word on fame:
- Be about God’s purpose and calling for your life
- Bring honor to the name of the Lord in everything you do
- If fame finds you make him ride in the trunk
Blessings in Jesus!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 4: 1-34; Psalm 72; Psalm 127