Road Rules | Proverbs 12:10 | Devotional
Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
Michael Dwayne Vick. Name ring a bell? Quarterback. Virginia Tech. Atlanta Falcons. Pro Bowl one season; prison bars the next. In April 2007, Vick was identified as the key figure of an extensive unlawful interstate dog fighting ring. In December 2007, he was sentenced to 23 months in a federal prison. Recently released, he is looking for an NFL team to take him and his tarnished image.
In our culture, the mistreatment of animals is a character issue. In the Old Testament, it was that and more. The animal mentioned in our passage today was not a pet, but a work animal—an ox or donkey. In the agrarian culture, a man’s animal was essential in plowing the fields, harvesting the crops, and treading out the grain. The animal was to be properly treated and cared for. It was a matter of integrity.
The application of this passage for today moves to the workplace. If you employ or manage people, do you treat them properly? Do you care for them properly? Do you demonstrate appreciation for those who get the work done? Do you compensate them fairly for the work? Do you reward them for a job well done? Do you provide the training they need? How would those you manage answer these questions? Ever asked them? Maybe you should.
Father, teach us that integrity is to be applied to our whole lives. Teach us that the failure to do so is not integrity at all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.