Since God’s word teaches us right from wrong, never make another person’s wrong our standard of right.
Since God’s word always, and our particular feelings never, determines acceptable morality, never sacrifice his eternal word for momentary pleasures.
Capitalizing on whatever light God shines in our minds activates his grace in us. With only patriarchal moonlight as illumination, Joseph’s faith in God lifted him above his losses and sorrows. How many of us, living in the blinding light of Jesus, who “brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel, II Timothy 1:10, equal Joseph’s faith in our adversities?
Our response to adversity or catastrophe determines its ultimate impact on us. Allow that Joseph had difficulty accepting his new, degraded status. That he scoured his mind raw wondering WHY it happened! And so on....Yet...faith in God remained stalwart in him—empowering him to accept punishment for being true to God instead of receiving favored-servant status by surrendering to a fallen woman.
Yet, 13 years later, he rose from prison warden to second in power to Pharaoh! How many of us, after we exit whatever adversity or catastrophe we endure, can claim equivalent spiritual victories? Stronger personal faith in God? Stronger resisting temptation? Stronger against doubt? Stronger against comprising the Gospel, etc.? - More to come -