“Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, and honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:25-26)
Here the reference to ephah (dry measure for 3/5 bushel; and hin (liquid measure for 4 quarts) are important, because God’s expectations include business practices. A merchant controls the scales and must use them honestly in charging customers. God our Savior is interested in how we measure what we sell or what we purchase.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we are expected even in this day and age of digital this and computer controlled equipment, to ensure that if we use them to sell or to purchase, that they are certified in good working order. If we put something in our basket, we should know what the cost of the purchase will be when we check out. Abba, we are to deal with all people in good character and ethical practices, in all that we do. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Conscience is God’s built-in warning system!”
“Differing weights and differing measures—the Lord detests them both. The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.” (Proverbs 20:10, 23)
The proverb’s ability to condense a thought adds to the power of realizing God’s displeasure with dishonesty.
“If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit—-let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless.” (Job 31:5-6)
Integrity of personal character finds its roots in a relationship with God. Job’s concession of integrity ranks with the expectations of character in Psalm 15;24; Isaiah 1:11-17; Amos 5:24; Micah 6:6-8. Job invited specific curses on his life from God if he had committed the sins surveyed. His statement covers virtually every aspect of personality and life.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.” (Revelation 14:5)
Purity and honesty will mark God’s saints in the last days. This should set an example for all disciples in our day. Beloved, it doesn’t take much to walk in dishonesty and to be unclean. However, for one to walk in purity and honesty it requires our attention to everything we do or say throughout our daily lives. One sis and we are separated from God! This is why it is so important to pray daily to God and ask His forgiveness for those sins we have committed, including those we may not even remember! The purpose is to do so, with penitent hearts (being truly sorry for committing them and with desire not to commit them again.) and God will forgive us. Way too often people say, “Sorry or I’m Sorry” so many times, it just becomes words. When we pray to God, we are to honestly focus on our sins, and sincerely ask for His forgiveness as He looks at out hearts not necessarily our words. There is a difference.