Shielded – Joel Osteen Devotional, 26th September 2022
Proverbs 2:7–8, NLT
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
When you are a person of integrity, honorable and trustworthy, God will keep you from mistakes and wrong turns you can’t see on your own. Because of your integrity, God stepped in and kept you from the trouble, from compromise, and from heartache. He’s guarding your path. Some of the temptations you resisted–it wasn’t that you were so strong and said no–God was holding you back because of your integrity. There is a blessing on your life that protects and guards you because you honor God. You won’t just see God’s favor; you’ll see His protection. He has a shield around you. He’s keeping the fiery darts from hitting you. He’s not letting the temptation overtake you. He’s pushing back darkness. He’s closing doors that would be harmful, shutting off the wrong people and wrong opportunities. If you want to keep that shield up, you have to keep your integrity. Be truthful, be honest, be a person of your word, and be somebody that can be counted on.
Father, thank You for being a shield of protection to me and guarding the paths I walk on. Thank You for all the times You have stepped in and kept me from mistakes, wrong turns, compromise, and heartache. Help me to keep my integrity and always be faithful to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen