June 15, 2018
Proverbs 10:9… Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
I have always loved the word, “integrity”. It speaks to me of honesty. I made up a definition for my own use: “Integrity means doing the right thing when nobody will find out.” Many people will do the right thing to avoid punishment or loss; that is not what integrity is about. For the purpose of my definition, I don’t know the integrity of another person. God knows integrity and we may know ourselves… that’s it.
In the past 10 years or so, there has been a strong Christian teaching about walking in the favor of God. If you have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, you walk in God’s favor. We can’t change what God has done, but we must answer the question, “Considering what He has done, how are you going to act?” Will you walk in integrity or will you walk to be liked? I know it is not that simple, but it is a starting point.
“But, he who makes his ways crooked…” This is given as the contrast to walking in integrity. The first thing to notice is who is responsible. Flip Wilson, an old TV personality made this statement famous and many people have used it… “The Devil made me do it.” According to Solomon, that is blame-shifting and not a valid excuse. Some Christians, in an effort to look pure, blame the Holy Spirit for all of their activities and choices. With the Holy Spirit living in us and guiding us, He must be responsible for every road we walk down. Right? That is another form of blame-shifting; not taking responsibility for one’s own choices.
Accept your responsibility for making choices. You are not a puppet on a string. You are a created being… created with the ability to make choices. Each choice has consequences. Consider them. When a man decides to build a house, if he is wise, he will consider the cost to see if he will be able to finish it. (Luke 14:28) Your choices will set your course. Always remember, they are your choices. So, then, what is the activity of the Holy Spirit in my life? He gives you thoughts and dreams and visions to help you with your decisions. He may use a human to talk to you. He guides us to walk in integrity.