Just Weights

The LORD detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights. Proverbs 11:1 (NLT)

We hadn’t been in our new home very long when I went down to the basement one evening to retrieve some laundry. To my surprise, I discovered a puddle on the floor and drips coming from under the water meter. The meter looked really old, so the next morning I called the city water department, and they sent over a repairman to install a new meter.

As he was finishing up his job, he said something that didn’t sit well with me. He said we might see our water bill increase since the previous meter was old and probably wasn’t measuring all the water passing through it. Sure enough, the next water bill I received was nearly double the amount of previous bills.

How I wished I had never called the city in the first place! Surely I could have found a way to live with that little puddle of water. But then it hit me: If I had knowingly lived with the situation, it wouldn’t have been right. I’d be using water I wasn’t paying for. And if the situation was reversed, and I was paying too much, I would certainly want the meter to be corrected.

The Bible speaks of the importance of just or accurate weights, referring to the practice of shopkeepers who kept weights on hand to place on one side of a scale so fruit or other goods could be weighed on the other. In what areas of your life do you see the importance of having accurate weights? Are there situations you can think of where you need to strive for greater honesty and a clear conscience?

When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation. Proverbs 10:25 (NLT)


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