1. As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
THE richest blessings lose their value when unsuitably bestowed. Snow
is the beauteous wintry covering of the earth; preserving the seed from the killing cold. But in summer, it is out of season. Rain in its season is a fruitful blessing. But in harvest it is an unsuitable interruption to the reapers work, and often a public calamity. (1 Samuel 12:17, 18.) Just so, honor, unsuitably bestowed on a fool, is not seemly for him. He neither deserves it, nor knows how to use it. Honor bestowed on Joseph and Daniel, suitably to their wisdom, was seemly to themselves, and a blessing to the land. But when a fool, sometimes a scoffer at religion, is promoted to a public station, how ungracefully does his honor sit upon him? In Haman it was only the display of his pride and vain-glory, the occasion of his more public disgrace.
Learn then to adorn our profession with consistency. Seek that heavenly wisdom, which will make us worthy of any honor that may be appointed for us. He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much. (Luke 16:10.)