Pastor Marcus Blair, Cornerstone Baptist Church
Job was put to a horrible test. The devil wanted to prove to God that if you take away a man’s blessings and stability, that he will abandon his faith and curse God. But the Lord
believed in Job and knew he could stand the test, so he allowed Satan to hit Job with an avalanche of problems. In a single day, Job lost his livestock, his possessions, his livelihood, and worst of all – he put 10 of his children into the ground after they died in a house collapse.
It’s a scary story. I pray none of us ever go through trials like that. But I know some of you are suffering even now. Can you hold onto your faith? Job did. But then Satan came back to God and said, “What will really make Job curse God and turn from his faith would be if I could give him disease, sickness, and pain.” So God allowed it. Job developed hideous sores all over his body.
Now, Satan was targeting something specific about Job in this chapter. It’s not his bodily health, though that was attacked. Satan tried to tear down the health of Job to get to something far more important and it’s found in verse 3: “He holds fast his integrity.”
Integrity was the true target that Satan wanted to destroy. The devil hates integrity and he doesn’t want you and me to have it either. So we need to understand integrity so we can uphold it.
Most people would define integrity as something like character, morals, being upright and truthful, doing the right thing. All of those SPRING from integrity, but aren’t exactly the definition of integrity.
Integrity is to be the same, through and through. To be true, and to not be divided and hypocritical. Integrity is when your thoughts, your words, and your deeds all line up.
A person without integrity is a different person in different environments. At church, he will appear to be an upright churchman. But then you get him out of the jobsite, he’s different – he’s just as rough, crude, and coarse as all the worldly people around him.
To have integrity is to be whole and complete and real. It’s a genuineness. See, some people come to church and straighten up their act because they want something. They are mercenaries. They’re in it for what they can get. Maybe they want to be seen by people and thought to be pious or religious. Maybe the think that by coming to church they can twist God’s arm and gain his favor. Whatever the reason, they don’t have integrity. A person of integrity will act, think, and feel as a Christian whether he’s at church or at the lumberyard.