Tag: favor from the Lord
Scripture reading for July 7th: Proverbs 10-13
My father was a man of integrity. He believed that his word should be counted on, even if it hurt. One time he sold a large number of fat cattle to a buyer for delivery in several months. They had verbally agreed upon a price and when the appointed time came, the cattle prices were much higher. My dad delivered the cattle and took the agreed upon price! When we walk in integrity, our words can be trusted.
“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9) Solomon gave instruction to his sons about the value of integrity. Integrity is about living life with sound principles and boundaries. It is about being whole and complete in body, soul, and spirit because a life is committed to God and His word. When we operate in godly integrity, we will walk securely without fear. God watches over those who closely follow His ways and blesses them. God also reveals those with crooked paths. Those who cut corners and bend the rules to suit themselves will be exposed!
“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.” (Proverbs 11:3-5)
Integrity comes from choosing to live according to God’s rules and decrees. Those who give lip service to loving God, but act contrary to His word are known as practicing duplicity. Duplicity is saying one thing and doing another. It is living a double life, each one for show or to impress others. This kind of living will lead to destruction. It is often tied to money. Rich people often think that their money is a sign of God’s blessing and that He will overlook their duplicity. A day of wrath will surely come and wealth will be of no value to deliver a person’s soul.
Our source of righteousness comes from faith in Jesus Christ alone. We cannot be good enough to earn God’s favor on the day of His wrath. (Ephesians 2:8-10) We must be found trusting in Christ as our righteousness. Because of the new birth, we can now live in integrity that is given by walking in faith!