Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”  But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.  No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”  And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.    Genesis 39:7-10

How does a man stand up under repeated attacks on his integrity?

Consider Joseph. Here was a man who was far away from his home country, his people, and everything that would have represented accountability. Joseph did not waiver. In front of him was an intense temptation that did not cause him to stumble in the least. Day after day the unavoidable wife of his master continue to try and wear him down.

There is a great lesson to learn from this man of integrity. The lesson is simple: ground your integrity in the surest of foundations. Joseph’s integrity had nothing to do with where he came from and what his community might say. Integrity was not based on his master being present to supervise him. Joseph’s integrity was founded on God. He had to obey God.

If your integrity were tested, where would it fail? Would it fail when you are away from the accountability of your community or in an unsupervised situation? Consider making God the foundation of your integrity. Then build on that foundation with accountability. Let your desire to honor Him fuel your steadfast commitment to integrity.

DO THIS TODAY: Ask God to become your reason for integrity. 

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