Quarter 2 week 5
Genesis 39-41 Joseph in prison
Character quality: Integrity
Memory verse: Job 23:10
This week we have been studying the life of Joseph now that he has been sold into slavery by his brothers.
The memory verse we learned this week is from Job 23:10
What a story. Can you imagine being put into Joseph’s shoes and maintaining integrity thru it all. Also coming thru it all, refined like gold. And if you know anything about the refining process its not a walk in the park type of process.
Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
If you were to take a look at the story of Joseph, found in Genesis, you would come to realize Joseph went from a cherished life into the life slavery. Joseph was the favored of his father and because of that grew to be hated by his brothers. Note to parents: It is not wise to have favorites.
Joseph had a life full of ups and downs. Whenever things seemed like they were going well, another trial would happen to this young man.
Life at times, and for no foreseeable reason, can take a turn for what seems the worst. But God is in the business of turning something bad into something good.
Who would think after all of this Joseph would go from being a slave of Egypt, to basically ruling over the entire land of Egypt.
Do we, as Christians, make it a practice to stand for what we believe in? Despite what the world around you may think is ok to do.
Everyday we are bombarded with teachings and ideas that go waaaayyy against the principals that are laid out for us in the Word of God.
Are we capable like Joseph to say “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God.
The bible says throughout the years Joseph spent in Egypt that the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man. I believe God was able to bless Joseph in all that he did because Joseph was so faithful, in every circumstance, to God.
His integrity shone, like the rays of the sun, thru these hard times he went thru. Despite his circumstances he always remembered to give God the glory and stay true to the principles taught to him in his youth.
Its important to remember that Joseph was a young man. He didn’t become ruler over Egypt until he became 30 years old, and was sold into slavery at a young age.
This fact is so encouraging to me because the bible says if you train up a child in the way they should go, when they get older they will not depart from it.
Parents, now is the time to feed into our children what is good, what is pure, what is righteous before God while we have them under our care. So when they are tested, like we all are, they may be able to stand in integrity before God and before man.
Imagine the witness that Joseph was to the Egyptians, who were idol worshipers.
Despite his trials, Joseph stood in integrity and prospered thru it all.
Dont get discouraged friends when our path in life doesn’t look how we may have pictured it. Be encouraged thru your faithfulness to God. And watch what he can do to the life of someone who lives their lives with integrity.
I leave you all with this quote from one of my favorite authors . . . .
“God gives opportunities; success depends upon the use made of them.”
Dont’ forget to Love God, love others, and love yourself.