January 15, 2010

Gen 41-42:Integrity Speaks Volumes

Posted in God's Character, Integrity tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:56 pm by Steve

Integrity – doing what is right even when no one but God is watching

 

Joseph had integrity even in prison. Betrayed by his brothers and thrown in prison because of Potiphar’s wife, Joseph still uses his spiritual gifts to help those that needed his help. In time, Joseph’s integrity will be remembered because of an act of kindness two year earlier.

We cannot always know the ramification so our actions and we certainly won’t always be applauded for doing good. Sometimes just the opposite. But we know that as followers of Jesus we must true to our nature, but salt and light in a dark and weary world.

One of my favorite quotes is by William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania!

“Right is right even if everyone is against it. Wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.”

So how can we know what is right and good? Trying Reading Micah 6:8

Pharaoh dreams the same dream twice to provide this an important message and not as Scrooge would say, “a bit of undigested beef.” In a moment of crisis they remember Joseph. Isn’t this typical. We don’t remember God until we’re in crisis mode. The story of Israel is one of abundance leading to idolatry leading to crisis. Will we ever break this cycle?

Joseph stand before Pharaoh, the monarch of all Egypt and might easily have taken the credit, the reward, and the fame for his wonderful ability to interpret dreams.  BUT HE DOESN’T. Even though he is in prison and has no prospects yet of release, he praises God for the gifts he has. When was the last time you praised God for the work of your hands, mind, or heart.

Believe me when I say, I can’t preach! But God can through me! Mother Teresa once said she was nothing but a little pencil in God’s hand writing a love letter to the world. I like that!

Joseph tests his brother by asking them to bring Benjamin, the youngest who Joseph had never seen. I found it interesting that Joseph imprisoned the brothers for three day. And on the third day brought them out to offer them a solution.

Redemption comes after three days.

 

What do you think?

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1 Comment »

  1. Prince's mom said,

    There is no time-line on redemption, Kettle; three days, three months, three years; it is different for each of us and determined by God in His time, not ours; but I think God, in the telling and writing of His story — like all good writers because He created them, and they followed His model throughout their novels, poems, and plays — loves to drop hints either as examples of flashbacks or foreshadowing, as He did in the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, of the crux of the Good News found in the New Testament, thus the similarity and parallel between Joseph and Christ in terms of being imprisoned and entombed for three days. And I have to imagine that, as much as He enjoys dropping hints, God delights most in offering and reminding us, through those hints, of the hope and love He gives freely to each of us through His boundless and never-ending grace.

    The more you read and study the Bible, the more pieces of the puzzle you are able to put in place while realizing that the “big picture” and the story told is not a story of spontaniety and happenstance but a story that was planned before time existed, before anything and anyone existed, and was purposed by a God, Who was, is, and always will be, in control of everything. What peace, comfort, and security is in that knowledge. What confidence that knowledge places in us when we, “because He has enlarged our territory,” asks and expects us to share that story with others. And how that knowledge fills our yearning-for-something-more heart with hope and the promise of an eternal future as we believe in and anticipate the Resurrection — His and our own.


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