“So it was, as she spoke to Joseph Day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her” (Genesis 39:10).
Integrity is the steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. A
person of integrity does not compromise his faith. Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh Iand beloved son of his old age, was such a person. Joseph found himself in the house of Potiphar, captain of Pharaoh’s guard in Egypt. His discipline and commitment to God brought great blessings to Potiphar’s house, who then put him in charge of all that he had. The strength of Joseph’s integrity was tested and proved when he resolutely refused to succumb to the persistent sexual advances of Potiphar’s wife. For this, he suffered the pain of false accusation and consequent imprisonment.
Samuel, another long-awaited child, loaned to God by his mother, grew into a
man of integrity. Towards the end of his life, he called on the people to testify
against him, if he had compromised his integrity in any way. They testified that he had not (1 Samuel 12:2-4). Job’s integrity was testified to by God Himself when He boasted to the devil “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (Job 1:8).
The world would be a better place, if men and women, institutions and corporations have genuine integrity; if they do the right thing at the right time.
It is God’s desire that His children exemplify a life of integrity wherever they
are. As a child of God, do you exemplify such a life? If not, cry to God for grace
1. Help me, Lord, to maintain a life of integrity in this wicked world.
2. Help me, Lord, to do the right thing at the right time, whether anyone is watching or not.