“You rulers make decisions based on bribes; you priests teach God’s laws only for a price; you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid. Yet all of you claim to depend on the Lord.” 3:11
I love how much God hates bribery. The Bible talks about bribery a lot (and God’s disdain for it), and I would often struggle to connect to it. I’ve never made shifty eyes and a manipulative smirk, while sliding folded money into someone’s hand discreetly. But bribery shows up more than I think. Bribery is corrupt and happens everywhere. It’s lording your resources over someone else, harping on their vulnerability and distrusting God to do things his way.
We should never use our resources, money or otherwise, to influence or manipulate someone. This is not God’s currency. God’s currency is trust.
Maybe you’re on the other end of it. People are waving money or opportunities at you and you’re tangled up in the strings attached to them. You start bending your decisions and behavior towards them because you want what they have (skills, donations, a paycheck, something borrowed, whatever it is). We don’t have to compromise our integrity that way! God paves a way for us. His currency isn’t money and he has an endless supply of it. He doesn’t lure us to him with it, he lavishes it upon us freely (1 John 3:1).
Is there someone in your life you’re compromising your integrity for because of what they give you? Pray and ask God to reveal these things to you. Let’s repent and lean into him, trusting that he will give us exactly what we need.