Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.
People who are hasty for success and wealth often resort to dishonest means. They lie, cheat and even come up with elaborate scams to deceive the innocent and naive. They may succeed for a while, but as God’s Word declares, “wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished.”
The same verse states that “he who gathers by labor will increase.” So my friend, be diligent in your work. Trust in the Lord’s favor and goodness, and not in get-rich-quick schemes or scams. Conduct your affairs with honesty and integrity because the Lord hates “dishonest scales,” but “a just weight is His delight” (Proverbs 11:1).
Beloved, God wants you blessed and free of lack, but not through compromising your moral standards. He doesn’t want you losing sleep because you are worried about the law knocking on your door. So do it His way—honest, diligent work empowered by His unmerited favor—and enjoy His divine success.