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.