Integrity seems to be a lost moral of man because of man’s hedonistic & carnal desires. Man is constantly & consistently seeking his pleasure, now; and seems to refuse to control himself, his thoughts, and his perceived needs & desires. Joseph, who comes to mind, was cornered by Potiphar’s wife; but instead of giving in to her desires and he giving in to her demands chose that path less traveled by mankind.
“And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” 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. But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”
Integrity, the lost character trait of mankind. Joseph was willing to die or go to prison for his action to preserve his relationship with God. Which raises another question: Are you willing to die or go to prison for the person that God wants you to be?
It is suspected that Potiphar could have had Joseph put to death for the accusation against him. But it is also believed that Potiphar’s wife was morally “swayable” and Potiphar knew this, plus he profited much by Joseph and left all in his care. So, Potiphar knew the manner of man that Joseph was.
We each have a choice: To follow God’s commandments or follow our carnal nature. It is all a choice! Which, in my opinion, is both our greatest blessing or our greatest curse. We are entrusted by God to do the right thing(s) in our lives, as was Adam and he chose wrongly…just as we all do!
What life are willing to choose?
May God richly bless you all!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD