Continuing my reading through Proverbs this month, and today I’m in chapter 11. These were important to me today.
The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but an accurate weight is his delight. (11:1)
People tend to hate big sins and let little ones slide. This verse reminds us that God hates the little ones, too. When the butcher is weighing the meat, he may be able to over-charge a little bit and get away with it, but someone’s going to notice if it’s even a half-pound too much.
God isn’t interested in just the sins people see. He hates the ones that are deep inside, that no one else notices. It’s a matter of integrity.
When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes, and the hope of his strength perishes. (11:7)
We all have expectations. Everyone wants to do better, to some day get it right. But when life comes to an end, only those who have followed God’s way have any hope. For those who have tried to do life on their own terms, their hope and expectations are all lost.
When the righteous do well, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there is joy. (11:10)
This reminds me of a passage I read a while ago in Jeremiah 29:7:
Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the Lord for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.
If we are working for the betterment of the city where God has placed us, we will both do well as God continues to bless his work.
It’s always a win-win situation when God’s people do God’s work in the place God put them.
What did God tell you in your time with him today?