Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9
Going through life there are many choices to be made. Some of those choices will be made in the public eye. Most of those choices will be made in private, in the heart and mind of a person or behind closed doors.
It is very commonly thought that what a person does in private is kept private and does not effect anyone else, because no one else knows about it or can know about it. The true reality is that things done in secret often come out into the open eventually.
In this proverb, Solomon points out that one who walks with integrity will be secure. Those who do not walk with integrity will be found out.
Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching or can know about it. This can be with thoughts, actions, or words.
Many people are finding out that words or actions that they said or did twenty, thirty years ago are coming back to haunt them. It does not matter whether they have changed their words or not, it is just that they had said them.
Men and women who had good reputations in the public eye are being destroyed because of things that they had done in private. Their lives were not matching up with what their words were saying or the appearance that they gave people.
This, sadly, is also very common in the church. Ministers, leaders and others who were respected and honored are found out to be thieves or worse. These people did not walk in integrity at all times.
The person who walks in integrity does not have to fear that someone will find out about what he did. The one who does not walk in integrity will be found out and destroyed…eventually.
Everything that you do is seen by God. Jesus said that what is said in private will be proclaimed from the rooftops.
If you do not want to be found out as false, walk in integrity today. Do this in every area of your life, publicly and privately. Do not cut corners in any area of life, but walk as Jesus walked, in truth and in the light.
As you walk with full integrity, you will know that you will not be destroyed. There is nothing that the enemy can use to destroy you, because you are right before God.
I pray today that God will guide you in your actions, thoughts and words; that you will always do what is right before God and man; that you will know how God wants you to walk this life; and that your life will be the same everywhere you are.