In the last two posts, we’ve been discussing Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael—the four Hebrew princes taken captive to Babylon. We’ve discussed their spiritual resolve to not assimilate as well as the God-Factor, both of which allowed them to excel to the top positions in Babylonian government.
A Life of Integrity
Today, we’ll be discussing a similar prince in a similar situation. Joseph, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, was transplanted against his will to Egypt, the empire that controlled the world at that time, as a mere slave. Sold by his brothers to his distant cousins, the Ishmaelites and Midianites, they bought him to Egypt and sold the 17 year old to Potiphar, a chief officer in Pharaoh’s government. For the full story, read Genesis 37; 39-47.
While in Potiphar’s home, he rose above all the other common slaves and slave masters until he became the governor of Potiphar’s estate. His power was so widespread that the Bible tells us Potiphar only worried about what he had to eat (Genesis 39:6). Potiphar did well to utilize Joseph’s talents in his home; unfortunately, Potiphar’s wife took notice of Joseph and believed him to have “special talents” as well. So she threw herself at him.
This is where Joseph’s integrity and quality truly shined through. Had Joseph forgotten his God and his integrity, he could have easily become puffed up with his talents and gifts without repentance that are without repentance (Romans 11:29), but Joseph feared the Lord and respected Potiphar, so he ran.
And what did Joseph get for his integrity? Slammed in jail. But God looked out for Joseph and even though he was technically a prisoner, he rose to the same position as governor in the prison. The warden favoured Joseph so much so that he entrusted Pharaoh’s imprisoned cup bearer and baker into his care.
While in prison, both servants had two seemingly similar dreams, but with drastically different results. God enabled the young man to interpret their dreams, and they came to past just as he said. And what did Joseph get for prophesying the reinstatement of Pharaoh’s cupbearer? Forgotten. But God did not forget him.
Joseph’s integrity, paired with God’s favour, caused him to be brought before Pharaoh to describe and interpret two troubling dreams he had. His gifts literally made room for him (Proverbs 18:16). But not only that, his integrity with Potiphar and the prison warden enabled him to rise above his unfair lot in life.
God gave Joseph the description and interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams to Joseph which pleased Pharaoh, intimidated Pharaoh’s courtiers, and caused the young Hebrew to be promoted to the position of governor or prime minister over all the land of Egypt. Most may believe that this is the end of Joseph’s testing, but that is not true. The last true test involved how he treated his family after he’d ascended to the second highest throne in the land.
When a famine prophesied in Pharaoh’s dreams came to past, Joseph’s brothers were driven to Egypt to buy grain so their families wouldn’t starve. He could have had them thrown them into jail without a moment’s thought if he had allowed himself to harbor unforgiveness in his heart. He could have given them a punishment to fit the crime and it would have been just by man’s law, especially with all of Egypton his side. But Joseph had integrity. He tested his brothers, made sure his full blood-brother was still alive, blessed them, and bade them return to Egypt permanently.
In every level of testing, “from the pit to the palace”, Joseph never forgot his God or his integrity. I would that so many of us were as steadfast!
Are You a Person of Integrity?
Joseph’s integrity seeped into every aspect of his life; in fact that is what the word denotes. It means to be whole; the same through and through. And the truth of the matter is, if Joseph did not have good character in one area, it would have eventually seeped into the other areas of his life. Like a beverage spilling onto a pile of napkins, the liquid will not stay on the top, but seep further and further down until every layer of the pile is affected. So what does your life look like?
Do you lie to your kids or spouse? You’ll start to lie to your employees. Do you list tax write-offs that shouldn’t technically be added to the list? You’ll likely start mismanaging your company fund or finances. Whatever your problem area is, you first need to admit that it is a problem or even a sin, depending on what the issue is. God can fix it if you let Him. And when He does, you have the opportunity to right your wrongs and become true person of integrity.
When you operate in integrity, God will bless and favour you like He did Joseph. Whether people acknowledge your character or not, God will and He will do it for all to see. Choose now to live a life of integrity!
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