Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9)
“Everyone has a skeleton in his closet.” You’ve heard that phrase before, haven’t you? The implication is that we all have things that we either like to hide or want to hide from others. Due to the reality of our propensity to sin, it’s not surprising that most everyone can relate to the statement. Solomon, however, gives us some advice that challenges us to keep the skeletons from getting stuck inside.
The person who walks in integrity walks securely. He or she never has to worry about being found out. A person without secrets and who lives an upright life doesn’t need to concern himself with the stress of hiding anything. The person who walks on crooked paths, on the other hand, will constantly be trying to cover his tracks and to keep from being found out.
Walking with integrity means walking in peace. There is no enduring stress when we live our lives in an upright manner because we know that there’s nothing anyone can unearth that will put us or our loved ones to shame.
So what’s in your closet? Are you walking with integrity? If the world were to find your skeletons, would you be ashamed? If so, perhaps it’s time to kick them out of your closet and to change the direction of your life.
Lord, help me to walk in a way that is upright. Let my life be marked by integrity so that I’m living in a way that’s pleasing to You. Keep me from turning onto crooked paths, and let me find joy in a life of uprightness.