February 17, 2009

“The wicked man earns deceitful wages!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 9:43 pm

“The wicked man earns deceitful wages, but he who sows righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) shall have a sure reward [permanent and satisfying]” (Proverbs 11:18, The Amplified Bible).

There couldn’t be a timelier devotional for today, 2/17/2009, than this one:    

Succeeding on the job (3)

      If you want to succeed in life practice honesty! One poll cited by Paul Harvey stated that 40% of American workers admitted stealing on the job, and 20% felt justified! Their rationalizing includes: “Everybody’s doing it, why shouldn’t I?” “The boss can afford it, he won’t miss it.” “It’s only small stuff, it won’t make any difference.” “The company owes me, I’m just taking what’s mine.” “I deserve it, I’ve worked hard and never been acknowledged.” What does God’s Word say about this? “The wicked…earns deceptive wages.” God says deceiving your employer by stealing time and materials, or delivering an inferior product and service, is “wicked.” That’s strong language! Of all people, employers and customers should be able to trust followers of Christ to be honest, work for their wages and provide the highest quality service.

      And for the record, it’s not smart to steal, even if you don’t get caught. “Ill-gotten gains do not profit” (Pr 10:2 NAS). You may take it but you won’t benefit by it. “Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles” (Pr 13:11 NAS). You can’t do the wrong thing and get the right result. Not only will you have trouble, you’ll bring trouble on those who love and need you most. “He who profits illicitly troubles his own house” (Pr 15:27 NAS). The job loss, damaged reputation, humiliation, legal costs and consequences are a “bill” the whole family pays for, often ending in shame and divorce and affecting several generations. Your spouse deserves an honest partner. Your children deserve a role model they can emulate, confident the path you walk is safe for them to follow.


I read with astonishment of yet another fraudulent scheme making today’s headlines!

SEC charges Stanford in alleged $8 billion scheme

Antigua-based bank offered ‘improbable’ rates on CDs, regulator says

This makes me think of one of the Apostle Paul’s strong warnings: “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9).

How many people, and unfortunately, even Christians have fallen into financial traps…all in an attempt to make a “good return” on their investment? In my 38 years of living, I’ve seen this happen more than once to good people. It seems like the best of people are very susceptible to about anything when it comes to “making a buck.” May the Lord help us to seek His wisdom when it comes to how we invest the money He has entrusted to our stewardship.

But, back to my devotional…honesty – it is so needed today in our world! I’m amazed at the level of dishonesty everywhere around us, but even more amazed at dishonesty from those who profess to be Christian! God’s standard for honesty is absolute. The Bible makes it quite clear that God demands honesty from us. I like the last two sentences from the devotional above, “Your spouse deserves an honest partner. Your children deserve a role model they can emulate, confident the path you walk is safe for them to follow.” I desire to be an honest employee, an honest father, an honest husband, and an honest Christian! (For that matter, I don’t see how you can be a Christian and not be honest!) I’m thankful for the promise in Proverbs 11:18, “…he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward” (NKJV).


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