[I am frequently asked through emails, phone calls, etc. how it is that I seem to have such Joy and Peace in spite of my Job-like journey. This is Part 3 in the series.]
“In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.”~ Psalm 41:12
Integrity is a huge part of our walk with God, whether we are walking through good times or bad. The Psalmist continuously refers to his own integrity and the resulting works and presence of God. I have found this connection to be so true, the connection between integrity and the manifest presence of God in my life.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.”~Philippians 3:12-15
In my moments of imperfection I have found that I would rather throw myself at the feet of the Judge of the universe than to continue in a moment of broken integrity. I prefer the discipline of God (done through His perfect love and wisdom ~ see Hebrews 12:1-11) than to receive the praises or riches of man.
Has it always been this way for me? No. I am normal, after all (duh!). But, I have grown in my knowledge of God (both in informational knowledge and in relational knowledge) to the point that I value His Presence and His expressed love so much that my integrity and my conscience help keep me on the right and narrow path with Him.
See you at the altar, my friend, where we both can grow in our walk with the Lord in a greater and greater way, one step at a time, leaving the past behind, and pressing forward into today with a fresh integrity and a clean conscience!