“Gossips betray a confidence, but the trustworthy keep a secret.” (Proverbs 11:13)
Gossip is described in Scripture as a “choice morsel,” and often it is. Perhaps it is a juicy bit of gossip only a few know. Or maybe we have been entrusted with a secret, a confidence has been entrusted to us. How do we respond?
This is an important question because our ability to keep a secret speaks to our character. Being a person of integrity with an ability to be trusted makes us a safe place. When we are trusted, what we say is listened to. It takes a lot to build trust and only a single event to destroy it.
Our reputations are intrinsically intertwined with the reputation of Him Whom we serve. When we let ourselves down, we tarnish God’s reputation because we declare Him as our Lord.
Quick Prayer. “Please help me to be trustworthy Lord.” Amen
“At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” (Dan 6:4)
Wow. If people were out to destroy us and had almost unlimited resources, could they find anything negligent about us? That is a very high standard. Daniel had been entrusted with enormous power and authority, yet no guile was found in him. His detractors could find no fault.
If we walk in a trustworthy manner, God will exalt us at work because He can trust us. The things that so easily ensnare and tempt us, when given no heed, become weak and loosen their hold.
When we walk in integrity, God is given opportunity to bless us because we are able to contain and channel greater blessing and influence without risking a large fall and disgrace.
Quick Prayer: Lord, empower me to always be trustworthy. Amen.