Genesis 27:37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?
Every time you give your word, you’re putting your honor on the line. You’re implying that others can place their trust in you because you value integrity and would never let them down. It goes without saying that if you don’t live up to your word, you may end up tarnishing your credibility, damaging your relationships, and defaming your reputation. Most importantly, you’ll be letting yourself down. You must answer to your conscience every minute of every day. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!”
Protect the integrity of your word; it is important in maintaining favour with God and men. It is interesting that even though Isaac realized that Jacob was the recipient of the blessing that he intended for Esau, he refused to change his word. He had declared that Jacob would be lord over his brethren and that became the law. Maintaining the integrity of his word was more important to Isaac than which of his son’s received the blessing. Make honouring your word more important than your preferences or conveniences; that is the nature of God.
Life Application: Carefully consider your words before you speak and honour them at all cost.
Prayer: Dear Lord, there are many times I have not walked in integrity and as a result I have strained many relationships. Lord, I first ask for your forgiveness and ask that you give me the strength to stand for truth and righteousness even when it is unpopular or uncomfortable. In Jesus name, amen.