“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16
In Isaiah 9 we read,
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The child is born – He is fully human
A son is given – He is a gift
The government will be on his shoulders – He reigns
Wonderful Counselor – not just any counselor … He is Wonderful
Mighty God – not just any god … He is Mighty
Everlasting Father – not just any father … He is Everlasting
Prince of Peace – not just any prince … He is the Prince of Peace
In this account of Joseph we see that Joseph is a man of integrity. In fact Joseph’s response to Potiphar’s wife, i.e. ‘how then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God’, tells us that he seems to have a good understanding of what God expects of him. He is not willing to compromise. Are we compromising, allowing ourselves to do certain things because the world shouts at us that if we do it we will feel good? Feeling good is not the same thing as being good.
God’s grace is also evident. God is blessing Joseph in everything he does, and his pagan masters understand that he is blessed because God is doing the blessing. I believe that it means that Joseph is living out his faith in God in such a tangible way that his masters have no choice but to acknowledge God’s hand in his life. May our lives reflect what Christ has done for us in a way that will inspire our non-believer friends to give glory to God.
Joseph sets an excellent example of how to deal with the temptation of sexual sin: flee from it! How do you and I deal with it? We are bombarded with this temptation inside our house when we switch on our television or surf the Internet, and when we leave our house it doesn’t get any better. Advertising companies like to use images that might get our thoughts going in directions they should not go. Jesus said, ‘But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart’. May God helps us to be people of integrity in both our thought-life and our actions.