Psalm 41:12 says, “And as for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever.”
These words were most certainly spoken about the circumstances surrounding the rebellion of Absalom against his father David. David’s life was spiralling out of control and it seemed like the righteous were sinking and the ungodly were rising. Sometimes integrity is all you can cling to. What is integrity? According to William Lawrence, “It is the integration of one’s life around his core values.”
This seems plausible in a non-hostile environment but what about in David’s case or, better yet, Joseph’s. Joseph was a man of integrity and he had gained a reputation as a godly person. In fact, Genesis 39 says that “the Lord was with him” (v.3); “the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s (Potiphar) house for Joseph’s sake” (v.5); “And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured” (v.6). Yet, Joseph’s integrity did not initially lead to reward, but rather hardship, abuse and injustice. Making the right decisions and integrating his life around his core values seemed to be leading to his demise not his promotion. In the end, God honoured Joseph and upheld him in his integrity.
Never forget that many times God will be the only witness to your integrity. Is that enough for you? When nobody seems to understand, when confidence in your life is wavering, when injustice is lurking in the shadows and the hope of vindication seems out of reach, it is in that moment we hold to our integrity and trust in our God who has His ever loving eyes upon us. Be bold and courageous in your stand as a believer and be confident that the only One who really matters is watching.
“The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” Proverbs 11:3
Post by: Matthew Little, NBBI President
This article appears in the September 2012 Open Bible Bulletin.