KEEPING A RIGHT BALANCE
A false balance is abomination to the Lord:
but a just weight is his delight.
Napoleon is said to have referred scornfully to the English people as a race of small shopkeepers. In this day of supermarkets and hypermarkets, the small shop is almost a thing of history. Considered as no longer having any commercial value, it has been swept away by the tide of what is called progress. In other days, God considered small shops of such importance that He inspected their affairs!
The Lord has an interest in the business ethics of businesses large and small. Few things are so disliked by God that they are called an abomination. Among those few things are the cheating merchant and his false balances.
The religion of many never reaches their store or their office or wherever they carry on their business. It never affects their dealings with others. It has no impact upon the quality of the service they render others. True religion will always influence us, our affairs, and those we encounter every day. It will make us persons with whom it is safe and pleasant to do business. The businessman or merchant who is converted to Christ will be “under new management”—a management whose policy is one of scrupulous honesty, a management that pays particular attention to the accuracy of the balances, a management that loves its customer as itself.
Such an honest policy pays. It really is true that honesty is the best policy. It will never cost you money or profit to honour God by maintaining His business standards and dealing with others as you would have others deal with you. God delights in a “just weight.” He also delights in those who “deal truly” (Prov. 12:22). Any venture in which God delights will surely prosper. The great Arbitrator of men’s affairs will see to it that “with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).
Honesty is one business policy that will never have to
be changed to keep up with the times.