He didnít ask to be put in this position; those who are rarely if ever do.
Joseph was forced to change jobs. He descended from top herder to house maid. Thatís when the problems began. His bossís wife had eyes for him and repeatedly pressured him to have an affair with her. The thought crossed his mind. Who would know if the mice played while the boss was away? And giving in might just get him a promotion.
Integrity kept Josephís head turned the other way until she caught him by his cloak and said, ďCome to bed with me!Ē (Genesis 39:12) Integrity had to act, so he left his cloak in
her hand and ran out of the house.
Joseph teaches us something about making tough decisions. Look for Godís stop signs. Stop signs have purpose. Either accidents have occurred where theyíre placed, or the intersection is heavily congested and thereís an increased risk of collision.
When Godís children are heading for a wreck, he erects stop signs. He doesnít craft them to cause us grief but to save us heartache. If weíre perceptive and walking in the Spirit, weíll notice the stop signs, and theyíll keep us from making harmful decisions.
Josephís example also instructs us to make our decisions based on Godís principles. When the bossís wife approached him with the invitation, he told her accepting would mean sinning against his employer and God. Joseph knew sin when he saw it because he was familiar with Godís requirements. Familiarizing ourselves with Godís principles makes it easier to handle tough decisions.
When tough decisions come your way, look for Godís stop signs and reflect on his Word.
Prayer: Thank You Lord Jesus for the stop signs that keep us from wrecking our lives. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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