We live in a world where integrity doesn’t seem to matter. Lies and manipulation are all too common. But God tells us that integrity provides protection.
I think most of us know that integrity is a good thing. The challenge can come when we let our own desires become more important than God’s commands. Compromise comes easily when we feel we deserve something. I am thankful God provides instruction to direct my desires towards His.
Dear Heavenly Father, please direct my desires and behavior towards Your commands. Please forgive me when I let my desires push past Yours. Thank You for the protection that comes from integrity.
I know I have made several posts about the truth. We live in a time when people want to make truth relative. Thankfully, God has defined truth according to His own character.
Proverbs frequently talks about the righteous and their behavior. Hating lies should be an easy one to identify. However, even those of us who follow Christ can have blind spots. A blind spot shows a lack of knowledge of the truth. Thankfully God has made it possible to see through the lens of His Word and those who faithfully teach it.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to identify the blind spots in my life. Please guide me to the truth in Your Word so I can live in a way that honors You.
I often ask why work has to be so hard. The fact that we live in a sin cursed earth with sinners makes life hard. That being said, work is still worthwhile. Proverbs tells us the satisfaction we can get from work. This doesn’t mean we will feel good all the time, but the long-term benefits are clear. We will have plenty. The opposite might seem like an easier path but getting nothing doesn’t seem like a good alternative.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the provision of work. Please help me to put appropriate effort into work. I want the riches that You supply.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in people who are trustworthy.
Proverbs 12:19-20, 22
We face many lies in society and sadly sometimes in the church today. Some are more obvious than others. I was listening to a podcast recently that talked about lies and slander. The comment was made that compliments given via manipulation are really lies. We need to have honest motives behind everything we do.
I need to continue to take myself back to Scripture to see what God has for me. As I pray and humble myself before God, He will guide me towards truth. I will be more equipped to recognize lies and better prepared to handle the challenges surrounding the lies.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the truth in Your Word. Please guide me to truth every day in every interaction. I want to be a beacon of truth. Please help me to encourage others to do the same.