Weigh Life on God’s Scales – Part 2
“… and by him deeds are weighed.” (1 Samuel 2:3b NIV)
Before we speak, we should weigh our words, because God does. “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,” wrote Solomon (Proverbs 15:28). We should also judge the words spoken in church lest they are not true to God’s Word (1 Corinthians 14:29). Jesus warns, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). God weighs our motives (Proverbs 16:2) and our hearts (Proverbs 21:2; 24:12). He sees and hears what nobody else can see and hear.
God rewards the “weighty.” If we use weighty materials as we serve the Lord—gold, silver, and costly stones, not wood, hay, and straw—then God will weigh it and we shall receive a reward; if not in this life, then in the next (1 Corinthians 3:12-17; Ephesians 6:8; Colossians 3:23-24). Potiphar’s wife lied about Joseph and had him imprisoned, but God honored Joseph. King Saul lied about David and tried to kill him, but David was vindicated. Even the Lord Jesus was vindicated in his resurrection and glorious ascension to heaven.
King Belshazzar thought he was wealthy and powerful, and by the standards of the world, he was. But God told him, “You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting” (Daniel 5:27). That very night, he was slain. Don’t weigh life on the world’s scales; weigh life on God’s scales. If we put Christ first, we have him—and everything else we need!
-Warren Wiersbe (excerpted from the devotional book God’s Words for Today)
Read 1 Samuel 2:3-10.