A lawyer and an honest man
Week beginning: 3rd June, 2018 | By John Head | Brighton
"Two things I ask of you, LORD;Proverbs 30 v 7-9 (NIV)
Do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and keep lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise I may have too much and disown you
and say 'Who is the LORD?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonour the name of my God."
If you had two things to ask of God before you died, what might they be?
Two men were walking through a country churchyard noting the inscriptions on the gravestones and observed one which read "A lawyer and an honest man." "Gracious me", said one to the other, "I see that they are burying them in pairs here!"
Honesty should be a seminal part of everyone's life. Absolute honesty should be expected of a lawyer even if one's client might not appreciate being told the truth, especially if it would appear to be to their disadvantage.
Both riches and poverty are potentially dangerous. I suspect that for most lawyers aspiring to be rich is the real challenge. Will the love of money get in the way of our love for the Lord?
Perhaps this is a good time to stop and reflect on our own priorities. Are they dishonouring the name of God in any way?
1. Praise God that He gives us our daily bread, all that we need.
2. Pray that our priorities would reflect the Lord's priorities, that we may honour His name.