God hates dishonesty and pride, but He loves truth and humility. Think for a moment about why people lie. Isn’t it often to make themselves sound better than they are (pride)? Or to get things that they have not earned honestly? Or to avoid punishments or consequences that they really deserve? Today’s verses in Proverbs show us that honesty and integrity are very important to God. Our God desires truth in our innermost being (Psalm 51:6). Those who make personal accomplishments and getting stuff their main goals may find themselves compromising and losing their integrity to get ahead. No, God has a different path for His people. He wants us to instead seek first after righteousness (Matthew 6:33) by loving Him and obeying His commands, and then to trust Him to provide for our needs in honest ways.
God sees all that we do. Our lives are an open book before Him. He is a holy God who hates sin. For the lost, this means that unless they repent and accept Christ, they are storing up judgment with their dishonest and proud actions and desires. For Christians, we know that Jesus Christ has already paid for our sin’s eternal consequences, saving us from hell by taking our place on the cross. By our faith in Him, we have already been forgiven by the Father and adopted into His family as sons and daughters. If we lie or become proud, we will not lose our status as God’s beloved children. But God will not be pleased with our sin. He will correct His children just as your earthly parents correct you when you do wrong. God’s discipline can be painful. He will allow us to suffer the natural consequences of our sins, which might be pink slips or groundings or friendship conflict now but could become lost jobs or broken families or even legal problems when you get older. The better way is to start learning now to love what God loves, virtues like honesty and humility, and to start living with integrity now, when the stakes are still small. Learn now in your youth how to walk in your Father’s pleasure and peace, and when you are older you will still feel His favor.
The Text (Proverbs 11:1-8)
1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of the unjust perishes.
8 The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead.
Questions to Think About
- Are you struggling with lying and dishonesty right now? Are there any lies that you need to confess and come clean about to feel God’s pleasure and peace again?
- Why do you think that honesty is so important to God? Is honesty important to you?
- It has been said that pride is like bad breath or body odor – Everyone knows you have it but you! Why is pride so offensive to God and to us? Why is it so hard for us to see our pride? How can other Christians in your life help you to stay humble?