“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.” -Norman Schwarzkopf
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, and now this young man found himself a slave of an Egyptian, Potiphar. Despite being in a bad situation, Joseph made the best of it by doing good work. However, Potiphar’s wife became sexually attracted to Joseph, as he was “strikingly handsome.” She asked Joseph to “sleep with her,” and Joseph responded, “How could I violate his trust and sin against God?” Joseph exhibited both discipline and courage, even while knowing that perhaps sinning might’ve temporarily made his plight easier. God was testing Joseph to see if he’d stay faithful even in the midst of adversity. Just as God tested Joseph, we too are tested, and it’s up to us to pass the test. The lasting contentment we find in living up to our own values far outweighs any temporary discomfort we might experience. Continue doing what’s right, and before long, God will bless you.
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much (Luke 16:10, NLT).