Week 4, Day 3
Integrity: Living Before the Eyes of God
In Genesis 39, we see the integrity of Joseph on full display. After being sold by his brothers, Joseph ends up serving under one of Pharaoh’s officials named Potiphar. Joseph was clearly a hard worker and a great leader. He possessed a lot of exceptional qualities, but these were not his greatest assets. Joseph’s strength came from the Presence of God. “The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master” (Genesis 39:2). Potiphar was pleased to see Joseph’s success and decided to put him in charge of the entire household and everything he owned. The Lord blessed Potiphar’s household because of Joseph.
A big test came when Potiphar’s wife secretly tried to get Joseph to sleep with her. But Joseph refused to give in to temptation. Where did Joseph get the strength to say no and run away? Joseph was living before the eyes of God and his heart was fully committed to Him. He relied completely on the Lord and because of this, God strengthened Joseph to joyfully walk in integrity.
In 2 Chronicles 16, we can again see the impact of placing our full trust in God. “At that time Hanani, the seer, came to Asa, king of Judah, and said to him: ‘Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war’” (2 Chronicles 16:7-9).
God’s desire is to strengthen us today, but we must lean on Him for everything. Pray through the following verses today:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
• What or who are you relying on?
• How do you maintain a lifestyle of integrity?
I’ve come to know and believe with all my heart integrity is how The Holy Spirit is able to use you in a powerful and mighty way. The Lord was able to trust Joseph and promote him in a mighty way and God was glorified through all these test. This story has brought me hope numerous times. Love it praise God!!!