Honesty is the Best Policy
1The Lord detests dishonest scales,
but accurate weights find favour with him.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
I heard an interview with San Francisco Giants pitcher, Jeremy Affeldt, on sports radio last night. He was earning $6 million per year since 2002, but he discovered in 2010 that he was being overpaid $500,000 because of a clerical error the Giants made when typing up the contract. He received three opinions saying that the contract was ironclad and that he could keep the extra money, but this extra money was not part of what they agreed to during the contract negotiations. It wasn’t a bonus payment or a gift. It was a mistake. There is a lot of good you can do with $500,000 and it was tempting, but integrity and honesty won out for Jeremy as he returned it.
The Proverbs teaches us that the Lord God is also looking down upon us and is looking for integrity among his children. This is also evident when nobody is watching and you keep your word and do what is right. Integrity is what will guide us in our daily journey so that we don’t cheat and try to gain wealth, which will be worthless and can destroy us if we become obsessed with it.