Proverbs Ch 11:1
Proverbs 11:1 “A false balance is abomination to the LORD:
but a just weight is his delight”.
I'm not a racing or a boxing fan, but both of these sports place a great deal of importance on being the correct weight. The jockey could be first over the line but they are not declared the winner until "correct weight” is declared Likewise in boxing. You see the contestant weighing in before the fight to ensure they are within the weight allowed to fight in that division. In both sports they go to extreme lengths to make sure they are within the allowances. They exercise, they fast, they sacrifice.
The Apostle Paul had a bit to say about athletes competing for an earthly prize. About how they buffet their bodies etc. Sometimes they punish themselves more than any opponent would in order to be in top shape.
When one is responsible for the accounting of money what one aims for continually is making sure the books balance. That every transaction is recorded and found to be an honest account.
When I was a child we used to go to a playground that had a big see-saw. It was quite frustrating sometimes as a bigger person was on one end and you were on the other. The result was you were Ieft up in the air. It was out of balance.
So many of God’s people are left high and dry because of the heavy weights they carry unnecessarily. The offer of Jesus to carry that heavy burden that haves your life out of balance is often ignored.
I realize that the writer had something else entirely in mind when he penned those words. He was reminding his son how he should conduct his affairs and highlights the importance of integrity.
He was using that phrase to say that any practice less than 100% honest is a false balance. How careful we must be to ensure we don't fall into that trap.
Ever been given more change than you should have at the shop? What do you do about it? However you answer that question answers in reality just how much integrity you have.
When you think about it, dishonesty has created a lot of employment. The most common of these is inspectors who are employed in a variety of occupations simply to make sure everything is in order. How long you can park? How much water is in that meat? Is the petrol pump calibrated correctly? And so many other things.
Honesty is still the best policy. You won’t stay in business very long unless you prove to be honest in all your transactions.
The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the
perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
D L Moody said that integrity is what you are in the dark.
The verse for today has a familiar ring to it' It speaks of how the righteous (those rigtrt with God and receiving the rights of God) will always stand in the day of adversity. They are able to stand because they always have Light around to guide them, They have the sure Word of God, They have the testimony of those who have travelled the road before them. They have the provision and protection of the Holy Spirit.
The second part of this verse is very sobering. It is the perversity of the unfaithful that ultimately destroys them. They try one time too many to practise deceit and it destroys them. When those things we should value most, such as integrity and credibility, are gone then rarely, if ever is
anything ever the same again.
To be a perverse person is to be one who has a distorted view of reality and as a result, practise that distortion until it becomes part of the way they live life on a continual basis. They are said to be obstinate, in the wrong; disposed to be contrary; stubborn; intractable.
So perversity is the willful act of rebellion or disobedience. It is by far a more serious complaint than double mindedness. Perversity is a willful act that ultimately taps and ultimately Ieads a person to destruction.
As righteousness lead to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
Those who are perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord (verses 19-20)
John Dryden said: "Virtue reaps its own reward” If you believe what goes around comes around, then this would be true. I believe that statement to be true because that's what the Word of God teaches.
A Psalmist's View of Selected Proverbs ©2009