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Keep Your Scales Honest

Posted: Tuesday, March 8

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Numbers 11:24-13:33
Mark 14:22-52
Psalm 52:1-9
Proverbs 11:1-3 

 

Verse of the day:

The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights. (Proverbs 11:1)


A prominent deli meat company was recently fined by the state for not putting enough product in their retail packages.  The amount of sliced ham in the package was less than the amount indicated on the label.  It is called a “short-weight” violation.  

 

 

What happened at the meat plant may have been intentional, accidental or an oversight.  The company did not admit wrongdoing as part of an agreement with the state.

 

 

Each of us has responsibilities in our work or volunteer roles.  We may be responsible for the accounting of hundreds, thousands or millions of dollars.  Duties may include filling out timecards, handling transactions at a cash register or submitting expenses for reimbursement.

 

 

With these responsibilities, we may find loopholes or a lack oversight that allows us to cheat the system.  What starts as skimming a few dollars can escalate to cheating a company or organization out of a significant amount of money.  It’s happened in international corporations and little leagues.  

 

 

In Proverbs 11:1, the Bible says “the Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.”

 

 

God is honored when we are honest with our business practices.  God is aware of our dishonesty, even if we never get caught by our organization or the authorities.  We should even go to extra lengths to ensure our “scales” are honest.  Do you have safeguards in place to fend off accidents or temptations?

 

 

Perhaps God is telling you to be come forward about a cheating situation.  He could be nudging you to return something that is not yours.  There may be consequences.  However, the peace of mind that comes with an act of integrity far outweighs the guilt of a cover-up.