1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet.
3 The foolishness of a man twists his way,
And his heart frets against the Lord.
It would be a breath of fresh air to have men and women serving our countries who walked in integrity, were not striving to be rich, lived with the knowledge of God in their souls, did not hurry to sin and did not twist situations to their advantage fretting against the Lord. As sad as it is, this does not describe very many people, especially those in government leadership. It is no wonder that the countries of the world are in trouble.
Well, if we cannot look around and see very many people that these verses describe in the positive sense, then we can at least look into the mirror and ask if we live this way. Do we walk in our integrity? God is truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Integrity, for the Christian, should be a life characterized by truth, by integrity of character in all matters. When things go wrong, our reputation of integrity should protect us.
There is so much emphasis on success and wealth. Everywhere we look we see something better than we have and more expensive than we can afford. Paul said that he had to learn to be content, so do we. Godliness with contentment is great gain regardless of how much money we make. We know what it is to be poor; being poor is not shameful. Honor follows those who walk in their integrity. As we strive for things in this life, may we strive the most to be people of truth and honesty, respect and kindness, people of integrity.
As we prepare for Sunday, remember to pray for your church. God has brought His church together for His glory for the furthering of His gospel. Pray that your church will gather around the Word of God, maturing in faith and knowledge, making the gospel known.
Two men in our church request prayer for medical situations; remember Rikardo and Tymoti in your prayers and they have medical procedures today. Remember the family of Mr. Wiranto in prayer. Mr. Wiranto is a government official here in Indonesia who was stabbed yesterday by a radical Islamic man. Pray for this government as they seek to bring greater peace to Indonesia.
Have a great day in the Lord,