There is a lot of money to be made in construction and real estate. When there is a lot of money to be made, you will find numerous people who are trying to work the system to get as much as they can for as little effort as possible. These are always exposed, and they implode in a spectacular fashion. Build your home on integrity. You may not get as far as some seem to appear, but you also won’t fall as hard.
Woe for the one who builds his palace through unrighteousness, his upstairs rooms through injustice, who makes his neighbor serve without pay and will not give him his wages,”
Judgment in Coming
There was a lot of injustice and financial scamming going on in Jeremiah’s day.
They were building their houses on unrighteousness and injustice by cheating others. This was one of the many reasons that Jerusalem was about to fall to Babylon. God was very clear during the time while Israel was in the desert on how to treat one another when it came to money All debts were to be forgiven every seven years and no Israelite was allowed to be mistreated by another. This didn’t happen, and Jeremiah is telling those who cheated that judgment is coming.
We need to be very careful that we don’t build our house upon stealing and cheating. Many financial empires have collapsed because of shady deals and questionable business practices. Please do the right thing when it comes to your money and how you treat others. If you need a job done, don’t pester the worker to give you a dishonest and unfair deal. That is not glorifying to God or good for your reputation or witness. Instead, pay the going rate and let God watch out for you.
Build Your Home on Integrity
Build your home on integrity. Work hard for the money you make, honor God with your first fruits, pay your bills on time, and be a generous giver with what you have leftover. God sees all of these and blesses those who are good stewards. Don’t try to cut corners; it will always bite you in the end. When you build your home on honesty and integrity, it stands the test of time.