16MTP 20 – Integrity

Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find? The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him! (Proverbs 20:6, 7 ESV)

It is my enormous privilege to associate with some men who have great integrity. They may never gain national and international recognition and accolades, but they will have something that is of far greater value and that is the blessing and approval of God. They have this because of their integrity.

I am very much accustomed to making ambitious proclamations with little to back it up in terms of the nitty-gritty consistency required to bring such ambitions to fruition. Sadly I have seen men and women likewise profess to be diligent and faithful people in various parts of life – marriage, work, ministry, etc. Yet having stated as such they have fallen foul of the failings of man. It has resulted in the devastation of wrecked homes, job losses and financial ruin. In some cases, what is worse is where these outcomes have not taken place as yet, with individuals still saying one thing but living another thing in the belief that they have ‘got away with it’ or can manage the ambivalence.

This is why it is a privilege to have come across these few men who ‘walk in his integrity’. They say little, but what they do say they commit to wholeheartedly. Their actions don’t just speak louder than their words, their actions reinforce and animate their words emphasising them as trustworthy men. This is not so because they are just brilliant men, but they learnt a long time ago that honesty in their frailty was the base to be honest in their need for God to help them to live a faithful life.

Two of these men in particular have been tremendous influences and are father figures in my life. Their years of investment in my life has made a difference to me. What I have witnessed in their lives have shown me that even in a world of faithlessness with words that can be fickle, men of integrity exist and enrich the lives of those around them. As I consider their example I take heed of the responsibility I have to walk in their ways for God’s sake, for my sake and for the sake of those who will look to me both in the immediate family and beyond.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

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