January 11

Written by Bill Grandi on January 11th, 2024

“Honesty is the best policy.”

I’m not sure how old I was when I first heard that, nor how often I heard it. I suspect it was when my mother lined us up to ask, “Okay, who did it?” and reminded us that telling the truth was best. (I’m glad it was always my brothers’ fault when things went wrong). 🙂

My blogging friend, Pam Williams, wrote a great post yesterday on honesty. You can access that post here. She stated it correctly that honesty is in every part of our life. (Please take a moment to read what she said).

If I think of someone in the Bible who stands head and shoulders above others in the honesty and integrity department, it would be Joseph. Perhaps never is that put more to the test than his lack of an affair with Mrs. Potiphar. The fact that the Lord was with him is stated twice at the beginning (Gen. 39:2-3) and three times at the end (39:21-23).

Consider the scenario. A teenager with raging hormones. A stranger in a strange land (no one knows him…no family to check up on him). A seductive woman. No one around so who would know? The possibility of advancement as Mrs. P puts in a good word. I repeat: who would know?

Joseph would (a godly conscience is good at reminding us of stuff like that). More importantly: God would. And THAT was the kicker! Joseph said to Mrs. P, “Look, my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” (39:8-9) (NLT)

That didn’t stop her. She kept putting pressure on him day after day, but he rebuffed her advances. Eventually, the saying came true: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

Here is the tale of the story though: Joseph was aware of God’s presence and that He sees and knows all. There is no sin He does not know about-behind back doors or out in the open. So…besides my mom’s words mentioned at the beginning, another favorite of hers comes into play: “Remember, I may not see what you do or say, but God does.”

Sheesh mom! Why don’t you just throw down that Ace of hearts? Why not throw down the BIG ONE? But…she is right.  I’d like to say just like when she found out my brothers committed all the mayhem. But I would not be telling the truth. 🙂


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Thanks for the endorsement, Bill! Your mother sounds like a very wise woman! Her words may not be a scripture quote but they sure send the same message!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You’re welcome Pam. Mom knew her Bible so I’m guessing it is “Mom’s Paraphrase Edition.” 🙂

  2. God sees it all, Bill, that’s for sure. Let us be people of integrity at every turn.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      That is what it will take for people to begin seeing a different people who follow Jesus.

  3. gail says:

    I love the story of Joseph, what a man of integrity. To quote my grandma Midge,” The truth you can keep track of, a lie has to many holes to keep the story straight. No one wants to hang out with a liar, but someone who is trustworthy will have friends for life.” No matter what the lie is, eventually it unravels. Joseph’s life had to deal with a lot lies, and He was treated unfairly so many times. Instead of retaliation, he hung on to the truth of God, he believed God’s word over the lies.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Your grandma Midge was absolutely, 100% correct Gail. That is why telling the truth is so vital.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Kevin, Zach, and I were just discussing Joseph recently. He is such a Godly example to us all.