Checks and Balances


 Do not have two differing weights in your bag—one heavy, one light. 14 Do not have two differing measures in your house—one large, one small. 15 You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 16 For the Lord your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly. (Deut. 25:13-16)


God detests…


Strong words. Strong warning. A clear picture of God’s heart.


It appears that fairness and honesty are important to the Lord.

When my life is measured against the weight of His holiness and goodness, nothing in me can balance the scales. All day long, this world tries to seduce me in to measuring against others. In fame, in beauty, in riches, in contribution, in performance tasks, in worth. Yet, the Truth is there is only one comparison that matters: His perfection. And the Truth is I can’t pay the price. Never could. Never will.

I cannot measure my “goodness” against someone’s perceived lack. That would be barking up the wrong scale. Every person is a child of God. Every person. This would include the rapist, the philandering mate, the cut-throat executive, the grumpy customer, the can’t-be-bothered boss.

We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God … and then comes Jesus and adds one finger’s weight of His worth to our side of the scale and what we owe is paid in full. Actually, beyond full, unbalanced again on this Life’s scale… with now His perfect love outweighing all.

Given … to be given away.


Lord, you alone are good. Help me see every person that crosses my path measured as the apple of your eye.

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