“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”
– Proverbs 10:9 (ESV)
I’m reading a Proverb a day for the month of December along with Kurt Michaelson and stopped for a bit on this verse in Proverbs 10 this morning.
We often project an image of how we want others to view us and go to great lengths to protect that image. We would all like to be known by others as a person of integrity. Integrity though is most clear when we are alone and the eyes of everyone are no longer on us. Everyone, that is, but God. Leon Morris once said that, “No man is as he thinks himself to be. He is what God knows him to be.” Walking with integrity means walking in the ways that God has commanded us to in His Word. Taking detours from that, no matter what approvals we receive from others, is frowned upon by God. Proverbs 4:26-27 reminds us, “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” The ways of the world are to the right and the left and full of ways for us to compromise our integrity. Jesus Himself reminds us in Matthew 7:14 that “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Let us walk with integrity before God today.