“Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.” (Deu 24:15)
Being aware of people’s circumstances is as easy as taking the time to get to know those you work with. Relationship is often cited as unnecessary in the workplace and actively discouraged in many leadership circles.
My view is that if you build relationship, you get to know your people and their strengths and weaknesses. The more you understand them and they understand you, the better you can work together. You can also see areas of development and unlock potential. Plus they will begin to trust you, and you will be able to help them in their circumstances and minister where possible.
Quick Prayer: Help me to be aware of people’s circumstances and to act accordingly. Amen.
“Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.” (Jam 5:4)
God hears the voices of those you have authority over. What would they say about you and how you treat them? God is impartial, and He understands the circumstances, but the question remains.
What do you have in your power to give that you are not giving? There are responsibilities beyond fair pay and conditions. Do you really want to just meet the minimum requirements, or will you go the extra mile for those God has placed at your side?
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You hear the voices of those who work for me. Amen.
“‘So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Mal 3:5)
If I were to make my list of sins from the most heinous to the least innocuous, sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers would be pretty high on the list. On the other hand, bosses who don’t pay well or avoid their responsibility to pay staff, while obviously not right, would feature lower on the list.
Apparently in this regard among many others, God and I have a different perspective. His view is that these people need to be judged and punished in the same way a sorcerer would. Divination and devil worship are equated with a bad-paying boss.
While business owners and bosses may not defraud laborers and staff, if they endeavor to minimize benefits and pay unreasonably, God is watching and has the worker in mind. With authority comes responsibility.
Quick Prayer: I see You equate not paying fairly with adultery and sorcery; I will give it much more importance than I currently do. Amen.