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Are you Trustworthy?

Mr. Ezra Duke of the old Duke and Ayres five- and ten-cent variety store chain was a dedicated Christian layman. He once told how he became a success in business. He and his wife saved $700 from farming. They used the money to buy five- and ten-cent dolls and went into business.

The day before they opened their first store, they knelt and dedicated their business to the Lord, promising to run it for him.  =And, in time, God blessed their efforts and their chain grew to 42 stores.

Years later Mr. Duke gave his testimony about Christian stewardship. He said, “People say, ‘Trust the Lord! Trust the Lord! Trust the Lord!’ The question is can God trust you?”

Well, can he? What can you point to in your life today that proves your answer?  

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Today's Devotional

Honesty in Business

A news article once told of a large feedlot that overpaid about $140,000 for feed grain due to an electronic “butcher’s thumb.” An electronic gadget operated by remote control was suspected of making grain truck scales at the lot register more grain than actually was delivered.

The newspaper said a 75-pound weight allegedly was attached to the scales under the truck weighing area, with the weight’s position on the scale beams determining how much a load was “padded.” A similar gimmick was used in a grain-storage operation in Colorado.

Such dishonesty is not a new problem. The Bible says, “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight” (Proverbs 11:1).

A false balance is just one way you can be dishonest in business. You can be dishonest by misrepresenting the facts about a product. You can be dishonest by taking advantage of the ignorance of others. You can be dishonest by making more than a fair and reasonable profit. You can be dishonest by not paying your debts. The one who does not pay his debts is a liar and a thief. He has given his word and not kept it. He has taken that which belonged to another and not paid for it.

All dishonesty grows out of greed and covetousness. Such dishonesty is an abomination (object of hatred, disgust) to the Lord. God can never be pleased with such things. But “a just weight is his delight.” God is pleased, even delighted, when people are honest and fair in business. Is God delighted with you? Not unless you are honest in every way.

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