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The Easy Way Out Is For Wimps

There are times when a tough conversation needs to be had, and we have to choose: easy or integrity? Do we keep quiet or speak up?​

Nehemiah was faced with the same choice. The Jewish people had lost their vineyards, land, and houses because of taxes from the King, as well as interest being charged by their very own Jewish leaders. They were suffering.

Nehemiah could take the easy way out and keep quiet or he could choose integrity and confront the Jewish leaders. He chose integrity. Because he chose integrity, belongings were restored and the Leaders’ relationships with the Lord were made right.

Look at the steps Nehemiah took:

Observe - Nehemiah didn’t make any assumptions based on the word of one person. He heard the cries of several people and saw their sufferings (Nehemiah 5:1-5).

Pray - Nehemiah heard the outcry and “pondered them in his mind” (Nehemiah 5:7). He didn’t say the first thing that came to his mind. He stopped and thought about what he was hearing and how to respond.

Obey - God’s plan was for Nehemiah to confront those in authority, surely not an easy thing to do. But he obeyed and the people were blessed because of him.

The next time you’re faced with a choice between easy and integrity, follow Nehemiah’s example. Observe, pray, and obey!


  • When was the last time you were forced to choose between easy and integrity? What did you choose?
  • Can you remember an instance where you followed God’s plan and chose integrity? What was the outcome?
  • If God is asking you to do the hard thing right now, pray and ask Him for strength to obey.


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