Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sees It All

Psalm 44:20-21
''If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?''

       What do you call it when you do the right thing when no one is watching? It's called integrity.  Do you have it in your character and daily life?  The truth is... God is omniscient, which means He is all-knowing about everyone and everything.  There is nothing hidden from God.

       Proverbs 10:9  "Whoever walks in integrity   walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out."
       This verse tells us that when we exhibit integrity, we have a divine security around us that gives us a humble boldness.  "He knows what ground he stands on, what guide he follows, what guard he is surrounded with, and what glory he is going to, and therefore proceeds with assurance and great peace."   But when one strays from the ways of God into the ways of man, there will be no hidden secrets on the day of judgement.
         Proverbs 11:3  " The integrity of the upright guides them, the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity."
         I heard a report on the news about a shopping cart gatherer at a store,  who found a forgotten purse in a cart.  While being tempted by other workers to keep the valuables for himself, he rejected their snare and said, 'My parents and God didn't raise me to steal." True integrity guides us to make the right decisions in this fallen world.   "His principles are fixed, his rule is certain, and therefore his way is plain; his sincerity keeps him steady, and he needs not tack about every time the wind turns, having no other end to drive at than to keep a good conscience."
         Honesty and trust are key aspects to integrity.  Jesus is the perfect example of one with integrityMatthew 22:16"They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are."
       Got integrity?  Or do the temptations of the world by people, circumstances and timing stray you away from the narrow way?  Remember, the world sees much but God sees all. "Our actions in obeying God show Him more love, honor, and praise than any empty words we might say to try to appear good."