One Day at a Time Devotional
According to USA Today, scientists say that a series of slits, not a giant gash, sank the Titanic. The wealthy, 900-foot cruise ship sank in 1912 on its first voyage, from England to New York. Fifteen hundred people died in the worst maritime disaster of the time.
The most widely held theory was that the ship hit an iceberg, which opened a huge gash in the side of the liner. But an international team of divers and scientists used sound waves to probe the wreckage, buried in the mud under two-and-a-half miles of water. Their discovery? The damage was surprisingly small. Instead of the huge gash, they found six relatively narrow slits across the six watertight holds.
This fitting example is not very far from our moral truth today. Integrity is one of the most important attributes we can possess and protect in our lives on a daily basis. In the Bible we find a man named Job who had great integrity. The Bible describes him in Job chapter one, “and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”
Most of us know Job’s story. He was a well-known and wealthy man who possessed many servants and had a happy family life consisting of a wife and ten children. Unfortunately, he lost all of these in one day. He was left destitute, but for one thing, his character. It was just him and God.
Job made a life-long habit of doing what was right because it was right. I find it interesting to note that Job eschewed evil. Simply put, Job avoided evil. If it came near him, he pushed it away, he walked around it, he did everything he could to avoid being around the wrong things. Before the lamentable circumstances occurred, Job was already in the habit of making right choices. There was no need to change his behavior when a trial came because he was already accustomed to doing right.
I was raised in the South where there are many poisonous snakes. I learned from an early age to be mindful of their presence, whether the snake was under some leaves, basking in the sun on a trail, swimming in a lake near me, or hanging from a tree above me. I learned the difference between a poisonous and nonpoisonous snake very quickly. When a snake was around, I avoided it at all cost.
There were many times in which I had to go out of my way to protect myself from the dangers in my environment. I never once ran toward a snake when I saw it, to pick it up, to pet it, to feed it, or to bring it home. Due to the fact that I valued my life, I avoided them at all cost. It cost me some time and took some effort, but I am fortunate to say, I have never been harmed by a snake. This is exactly what Job did to protect his integrity, he made every possible effort to protect himself from harm and wrong doing. Job did right because he knew the dangers of handling sin.
It has often been said, “Integrity is who you are when no one is watching.” When there is no one in the room, what are you viewing on your multiple electronic devices, what are you listening to when it is not audible to those around you, how is your conversation whether in spoken or written form, is your behavior different at home than in the workplace or at church? If what you did or said was manifested to those around you, would you have done something to be ashamed of? Is it pleasing to God?
As we conclude, Job leaves us with further insight into his character, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.”
Job decided that no matter what came into his life, he would maintain a right life before God, he would not stand before God as a hypocrite. It was not when the difficult times came that Job decided he would make right choices or that he would not be a hypocrite.
He made this decision on a daily basis. When the difficult circumstances came, he had formed a habit and that is what helped him through the storms of life.
As you makes choices each day, remember, it was the small gashes that sank the Titanic not a large tear. In addition, it will be the small choices of right or wrong that determine if you will make it through the storms of life or sink.
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