He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. – Proverbs 2:7
The verse I’d read that morning entered my mind, fighting the thoughts of anger and betrayal. I had been accused of a mistake that cost my boss over a thousand dollars. No one had done any research before the accusation was made – there was a discovery of the missing inventory, an assumption and an accusation. Undoubtedly, something had happened – the inventory was indeed missing – but I was certain the situation created in that person’s head was not the truth.
I was furious. I work hard to make myself an asset wherever I’m employed, and follow the rules even when those who created the rules do not. How dare they accuse me of such a mindless mistake? If that wasn’t enough, my accuser had gone around to others to let them know how disgusted they were at my inattention to procedure. More than anything, I wanted to make a huge scene and let that person know exactly how wrong they were and what I thought of their procedure in “handling” the situation.
The truth of the Scripture fought against those wrong thoughts once again. I won’t go into the details of the situation, but I decided to allow the Lord to be my shield and to continue to do what was right. There was no scene or confrontation from me, despite how badly I wanted one.
Many days later, an incident occurred completely apart from my doing. It was revealed, plainly and simply, that I had done no wrong. The person at fault – my accuser. This time I had no desire to make a scene or let them know what I thought. I could only lift my heart toward heaven and praise God for being my shield! There was no apology for the accusation, no attempt to clear my name with the others. But that didn’t matter. I believed that that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to me by the Lord, and I was blessed (Luke 1:45).
Here’s what I learned from this incident:
- It’s important to know God’s promises in your heart, so that the Holy Spirit can remind you of them in tough times.
- Taking God at His Word and allowing Him to work in situations creates endings we cannot imagine.
Whatever you’re facing today – whether it is an unfair accusation at work or a toddler who refuses to obey – cling to God’s promises. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity!