23 The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider one’s vows.
Greed is often a subtle thing. A little rounding up here, a little trickery there – and integrity gradually erodes away for the sake of gain. But this, like every temptation, is itself a fraud. Greed always costs more than it is worth. The anxiety of exposure, the unraveling of relationships, and the loss of self-respect are far too much to pay for a little dishonest gain.
“A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?” When Joseph was seventeen years old, he had two prophetic dreams of his family bowing down to him (Genesis 37). Yet who would have chosen the path that led him there? He didn’t attend the right schools, make the right connections, and work his way up to the top. Instead he spent thirteen long years as a slave and a prisoner, leaving it up to God to make his dreams come true. Are you tempted to give up on a dream because you don’t see a way to reach it? Look to the Lord for the next step, however insignificant it may seem – take it, and repeat.
“It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows.” Carefully consider your commitments before you make them, to avoid being trapped in a promise you can’t keep. It’s easy to overestimate your ability to pay, or to work, or to love – to say “I’ll always” or “I’ll never.” But it takes humility and diligence to become a person of integrity. Those who reject the difficulty of the one, cannot avoid the frustration of the other.