“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9 ESV).
The older I get the deeper grows my gratitude for being born into a Christian home and having parents who set an example of integrity.
Here is a thought: If you always speak the truth you won’t have to remember the details. Why? Because you will always have them right! That’s the kind of persons my parents were. I don’t have any memories of them being untruthful!
Love, honesty, sincerity, kindness, generosity, courtesy, joy, faith, humbleness, patience… these are some traits I saw in them, but most of all INTEGRITY.
My father is still in the land of the living. He is a man who says what he means, and means what he says!
“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD” (Psalm 119:1).
A Biblical Example of Integrity
God asked Satan a question: “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
That question set the stage for a time of great trial for this blameless and upright man.
“Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face” (Job 1:9-11).
That was Satan’s argument. And God allowed him to test Job.
I don’t think there is a soul in this world that has gone through so much loss at one time as Job. He lost all his oxen, all his donkeys, all his sheep, all his camels, all his servants (except the ones that escaped to bring the reports). If that wasn’t enough, a report came in that all his sons and daughters had died when the house where they were having a party collapsed on them. All in one day!
People usually curse and blame God when things like that happen. Not so Job! The Bible says that he did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. He fell to the ground and worshipped! He praised God.
Were those all the calamities that came upon him? No. Next, his health was taken from him. He was afflicted with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. He sat in the ashes scraping his sores with a piece of broken pottery.
To top it off, his wife asks him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
“Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord, but those of blameless ways are his delight” (Proverbs 11:20).
That was Job! He did not know that there was a battle in the heavens; that Satan was trying to prove the point that Job only served God because he was prosperous.
Praise the Lord for servants that prove Satan wrong! But even Job’s friend’s thought that he must have done something wrong, how else would so many bad things have come upon him? At the end, God vindicated his servant, and when Job prayed for his friends God made him prosperous again. And God blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.
If money has anything to say in prosperity, this is what Job acquired:
- 14,000 sheep
- 6,000 camels
- 1,000 yoke of oxen
- 1,000 donkeys
Just think of all the servants he must have had to take care of all those animals. And all the fields where he used the 1,000 yoke of oxen!
But more than money can buy is family. Those are the greatest riches. And Job had seven sons and three daughters. And nowhere in the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters! Can you imagine how proud he felt walking down the street with them?
Integrity Blesses Generations to Come
Moses told the people of Israel, “Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time” (Deuteronomy 4:40).
I am blessed because my father and my mother have served God with integrity and they have given a wonderful legacy to their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I hope we all appreciate what a great blessing it is!
My mom has already gone on to eternity, but we still have the privilege of having our father with us. Per Hugo Anderås, a man of integrity, blesses us to this day, and the blessings of his life will abide with generations to come.
Father’s Day is coming up. I want to thank Dad for being a man of integrity!
Are you a person of integrity?
If integrity is one of your character traits you walk securely, but if you take crooked paths you will be found out. When you speak the truth you don’t have to worry about the details.
Am I a person of integrity? There is nothing that I wish more than that to be true.
May God help us all to live up to His standards!