I’ve had bad things happen in my life. Sometimes the loss and suffering is not of my own doing (though I certainly have escaped what was rightfully due me many times, by God’s grace). Who hasn’t suffered in a world that is brutal, fallen and sinful, ourselves- trapped in a fleshly body that only wants to please itself, and then troubled and tempted by an enemy of our soul- Satan and his legion of fallen angels. We are gonna suffer! But, will we maintain our integrity when we do? Integrity is that the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It carries with it the idea of being whole and undivided. It speaks forth in the midst of great trial: “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord”.
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:7-10 NASB
Where is my integrity being compromised? What is the reason I would let go of something so important to God? What insight can I find from Job’s story?
God, as this day begins- Oh, I pause to pray for those friends of mine suffering. Please sustain and buoy up Pat Moseley and give her strength. Restore Mary Morioka with energy beyond her own and without back pain. For the families who recently lost loved ones… oh there are several- Marciano’s Little’s, and Lopez’s- be very real and close to them. So today, I commit to walk in truth. I need Your help. I want Your favor. Bless my every effort to love and serve you and Your people. Amen.