Proverbs 10:9 Integrity And Crooked Paths

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9

Things of this world can be achieved or taken one of two ways: the correct way or the crooked way. The majority of people will quickly state that doing things in a crooked way is wrong and should not be done at all. While many say this, many of those same people do things in a crooked way.

It is common to hear people cheat a “little” on their taxes, or to go back on their promises. How many people cheat their employer with leaving work a few minutes early or arriving a few minutes late? How many people “gossip” about another friend or person that they know? How many people promote a situation as bigger or worse than it really was in order to get ahead? How many people look at things online in the private of their house or room?

These types of actions and many more are promoted and encouraged by the world. How many tv shows and movies promote this stuff? The world says it is acceptable to do this as long as you do not get caught.

Each of these things are crooked paths. Crooks keep trying to steal things, thinking that they will never get caught. With time, nearly every crook will get caught. Ultimately everyone gets caught by God.

The opposite of this type of life, is one of integrity. It is doing the right thing when no one is looking, or doing the right thing even when it hurts.

As a believer, you must keep in mind that God is always watching. The world may not think anything of you doing something, but God does care.

If you are living with integrity, you can walk securely knowing that you will never be in trouble or correctly accused of doing something wrong. Those who take crooked paths are always on the watch for being found out and caught.

How are you living your life today?

Are you living in integrity, doing the right thing all the time, every time?

Or are you trying to cut corners and cheat the system God has set up, taking a crooked path?

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will walk with the integrity of God; that God will strengthen you to flee all crooked paths in this life; and that the world will see God’s integrity in you.

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1 Chronicles 29:17 A Heart Of Integrity

“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.” 1 Chronicles 29:17

David was getting all the supplies together for his son Solomon to use in order to build the new temple to God. David started by giving out of his own money. The people also gave abundantly to the building fund. He knew that God tests the motives of the heart and wanted to see integrity. Both he and the people had given generously, willingly and with great joy.

A lot of people give to many different needs. This even occurs in the world, outside the church. There are many people who do not believe in God at all, that give millions of dollars to good causes to help other people out.

Although some of those people do it joyfully to help, many in the world do it to look good, or to get a tax write-off. On the outside it appears good, but when God looks at the heart, He is not seeing integrity. They are saying one thing, but in the heart are saying something else.

This even occurs inside the church. A missionary comes to the church to speak, and then comes the time to ask for an offering to raise needed financial support. Some will give willingly with great joy, but there are others who give only because that is what they are supposed to do. Others feel guilty if they do not give. And, yet, others will give to look good to everyone else.

God sees the heart and why you give what you do give. This giving is not just in money, but also in time, physical work, and any other abilities to God or to others.

As you give of anything you have to give, do it with a heart full of integrity. This is doing the right thing, with the right motive, though no one but God can see. Paul said that God loves a cheerful giver.

How are you giving today?

Are you giving to look good to others or to God?

Or are you giving because you want to bless others and God?

I pray today that you will have a heart of integrity before God and man; that you will do things with an honest heart; that you will do all things knowing God is watching; and that God will be pleased with your heart.

Deuteronomy 25:13 Don’t Use Different Weights

Do not have two differing weights in your bag–one heavy, one light. Deuteronomy 25:13

During the times of the Israelites in the Old Testament, a lot of the purchasing of items was done with measuring the weight of different items. They would measure the weight of gold or silver to pay for a product. There were some people who carried two different weights with them. One was heavier than the other. This was done to cheat a person and get a lower price when buying something, or to get a higher price when selling something. Moses tells them not to do this because it is dishonest.

In modern times, most people do not measure the money by weight. Many items are sold by weight, but not purchased by weight.

However, the honesty still needs to be the same in all areas of life. Today, people will have different attitudes towards different people. They will treat different people very differently.

Others will work differently when the boss is around than when he is gone. Or they will take little things that are the companies items for their own personal use.

Many believers also have differing characteristics when in church or around other believers versus at home and around non-believers.

All of these actions are found in how much integrity a person has. How honest is the person in public and in private?

Integrity is doing the correct thing at all times, regardless who it involves, is around or the consequences of doing the correct thing. Having differing weights in your bag would be a break down in your integrity. It would not be doing things honestly.

How is your bag filled today when you go out into life?

Is your heart filled with the love and integrity that Jesus had?

Or is it filled with a mixed style of weights, changing to meet your own needs and desires at each moment and situation?

I pray today that you heart will be filled with the integrity of Jesus; that you will treat all people as Jesus would treat them; that you will be filled with the honesty of God; and that you will be the same for God, no matter who you are around or where you go.