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“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely”.      Prov 10:9 NIV


Today security is a big issue. Homes are under attack from criminals. Motor vehicles are sought by thieves. And many people are armed and can whip out a dangerous weapon on the slightest provocation. A short while ago a fifteen-year-old schoolboy was arrested in England for shooting and killing a school-mate, also fifteen. Children aren’t safe in school! Raids on bank accounts via the internet are reported regularly. Recently it was reported that a couple had sued their bank for the loss of nearly a million rand from their bank account. The judge found in their favour and the court ordered the bank to pay up. The bank appealed the finding and a subsequent court ruled that there was no hard evidence for the couple’s claim and ordered them to pay the bank back. Even bank accounts aren’t safe.

The author of this proverb is said to be King Solomon and he would have known quite a bit about security and about integrity. Having grown up in David’s royal palace there would have been plenty of intrigues, tricks, and games on the go. He would have learnt from his own experience the value of maintaining personal integrity. This dimension would have included honesty and the wisdom of not maligning other people. Honesty (i.e. integrity) in financial matters is vital for people to trust you and therefore for you to be “safe” in the way the Bible uses the words here. Trustworthiness is essential for you to be trusted, relied on, and believed. It is also vital for you to maintain a sound reputation. With the vast amount of financial crookery being perpetrated through the internet today no one can be absolutely secure. Trust God anyway.



Lord, help me to walk in integrity.



I pray today Lord for those people who have lost their way in life either through their own foolishness or through the malice or mischief of others. Help them to see themselves as they are and to understand the reasons for their empty lives. Show them what to do to put themselves together again and move on. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Mark 8:34-38



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