A Forgotten Word
May 15, 2009
“But the noble man devises noble plans, and by noble plans
he stands.” – Isaiah 32:8
Nobility. It’s a little-used word nowadays. To be noble
is to “have high moral character.”
Here is Isaiah, we see three important points about nobility:
God’s people should have noble characters. That means that
we should be above reproach, as Daniel was when “the commissioners
and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against
Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no
ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he
was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in
him” (Daniel 6:4).
God’s people should have noble actions. “The noble
man devises noble plans” – nobility goes beyond who
we are into what we do. Character always results in action. Action
always reveals character.
God honors nobility in his people. The noble man stands. He is
made strong, sure, and steadfast by his high moral values and his
reliance on God. We can be sure of God’s favor when we seek
to demonstrate noble character.
- Who do you personally know who demonstrates
noble character and noble action? Spend time considering their
- How do you and your actions compare to the definition
of nobility? Is there any area – of character or action – that
you need to work on? If so, how will you proceed to effect change
in that area?