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Honesty And Integrity

“Then she made a vow and said, ‘O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.’”  1 Samuel 1:11

I was thinking the other day about how often it just seems that people just don’t keep their word. Far too many people are willing to make promises and then break those promises if they think they can get away with it. 

Even a written contract isn’t enough to keep some people honest. I have a friend who told me that their company had contracted professional services with a law firm and that the law firm later, after my friends company had completed their end of the agreement, refused to make full payment. The law firm paid a small portion of what it owed and then said that if they attempted to get anymore they would tie the case up in the legal system until it had cost their company much more than what was owed. 

An this is just one example of many illustrating just how little value people put on their honesty and personal integrity. 

The book of 1 Samuel begins with the story of a woman named Hannah who in the sorrow and despair of a heart broken by her inability to bear a child promised that if the Lord would give her a son that she would give him to the Lord all the days of his life. 

The thing is she and God were the only ones who knew that she had made this promise. So when she was finally blessed with a son if she had forgotten or ignored her promise no one would have known. They would have all rejoiced with her over her son and that would have been it. 

But Hannah didn’t forget or fail to keep her promise. After her son, Samuel, was weaned he brought him to the tabernacle, presented him to the High Priest Eli, told him of her promise to God and then left her son with him to serve God all the days of his life. 

It’s said the honesty and integrity are their own rewards but the truth is that they bring with them additional rewards as well. Those with integrity earn for themselves trust, respect, and honor, and sometimes these are accompanied by other blessings as well. 

1 Samuel chapter two tells us that God blessed Hannah, because of her honesty and faithfulness, with three sons and two daughters. 

I don’t know what blessings God has waiting for you but I do know that you have a part to play in getting them. Let you honesty and integrity never be the limiting factor in how abundantly God is able to shower his blessings on you. 

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