Integrity Affords Opportunity
Daniel 5:12-13 "Daniel… was found to have a keen mind, and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems… So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, ‘Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah?’"
Integrity requires self-awareness. A person with integrity is aware of what matters most to God and consistently chooses to live in light of that knowledge – in public and in private. It is a critical foundational element of godly character and leadership.
Daniel was known for his godly character, discernment, and wisdom. He was a man with some major backbone, even when called on to deliver unfortunate news. Think about it. Daniel was subject to death if the king didn't like what he had to say, yet he was undeterred because he trusted God. His reputable character, uncompromising honesty and integrity preceded him, and it afforded him the opportunity to speak into the lives of multiple kings.
The word integrity came from the Latin root integer, meaning "whole" or "complete." God makes us whole and complete in our brokenness. And when we consistently align our priorities with God's priorities, we are wholly useful to him and will be afforded opportunities to speak his truth into the lives of others.
A great example of Daniel's unwillingness to compromise his integrity is found Daniel 1. After reading the chapter, answer the following questions:
Do I submit to God's will and seek to please him in all I do?
Can others depend on me to do what is right?
Am I compromising my values in any areas?
Do I trust God no matter the outcome?
Father God, I trust you and seek opportunities to speak your truth into the lives of others. Help me to remain humble, sincere, and honest in my words and actions. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.