Text: “And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.” – 1 Kings 9:4, 5.
Comment: God Almighty desires to see His children live in integrity, as was the case with Job. He found a similar quality in King David whom He described as a man after His heart. God Almighty therefore charged Solomon his son to be of the same character, as in the text for today. As Christians, we should constantly seek for ways of pleasing Our Maker, Jehovah, as our Lord Jesus Christ did. (John 8:29) Therefore, being a Christian with integrity is one of the sure ways of pleasing God. The Bible specifically encourages us to do that which is right always so as to enjoy Jehovah’s protection. St. Peter admonishes us thus, “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” He then added, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” (1 Peter 3:10-13) Not to heed to this admonition exposes us to satan’s manipulations and harm, and also putting our salvation in jeopardy, God forbid! Rev 22:11, 12.