“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9
Those who walk with the Lord are called to walk with integrity. Integrity is the uncompromising adherence to moral and ethical principles. God, through His Holy Spirit, has laid out those principles. One’s integrity will be seen as they go their way with a humble boldness. Their boldness comes from knowing whose they are, a child of the Most High God. Our godly character arms us against the temptations and troubles of the world. The child of God knows what ground he stands on, what guide he follows and what guard surrounds him. He is keenly aware of the consequences that befall those who disobey the standards of the Lord. We are not required to follow them, however, once we’ve received the gift of forgiveness we should as a natural response desire to live by them. How can you live for Him if you don’t know what is required of you?
The individual whose walk is crooked seeks to do that which is deceitful. They wish to cut corners, take short cuts. They seek that which leads to pleasure. Nothing is lasting in this world. All pleasure is fleeting. Doing evil or deceitful things for personal gain will not go unnoticed. Our ever-watching Lord is the overseer of all things. No matter how stealth a person’s efforts or how dark the surrounding area may be, nothing escapes God. Nothing catches Him by surprise. Those who take crooked paths shall be found out, in fact, the Lord is aware of our thoughts, words, actions and reactions before they even take place. The past, present and future are all the same to Him.
Those who walk with the Lord are secure due to their faith and trust in God. Those who shun “religion”, never realizing that in reality it is a relationship with their Creator, miss out on the most incredible blessing they could ever experience. Show the world what they are missing by striving to like a Christ-like life each day. Until Christ returns, walk with the King and be a blessing!Resources: Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary; Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary.