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Joseph's Godliness

View daily reading plan: Genesis 41; 2 Peter 1:6

Pharaoh could see that there was something different about Joseph. Summoned from the prison he did not try to protest his innocence. Joseph was conscious that his future depended upon God and not upon how well he appeared before Pharaoh. Thus, he was able to maintain a dignity which impressed Pharaoh and led him to ask “can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?” (Gen 41:38).

Joseph’s distinct character could not go unnoticed. Godliness does not have to publicise itself, it inevitably portrays itself. Should this not be the case with every Christian? Often, we are recognised because of the things we do not do. Is it not more commendable to be recognised as followers of Christ because of our positive likeness to our Lord in demonstrating godliness?

Through the dark days of his imprisonment Joseph maintained his faith. In surroundings that were decidedly unhelpful to developing godliness, Joseph prospered. Living our lives in a world opposed to God and his interests, let us “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col 1:10).

Sunday, 2 June, 2024

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