GENESIS 39 IN FOCUS
19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.
Life is full of issues and sometimes we may come across compelling issues which may demand our voice or action. It may seem so unreasonable not to speak to clarify such matters especially when they have the capability to tarnish our reputation. When you keep silent, you may only be portraying your weakness.
Recall what happened to Jesus Christ ,
12 And when the chief priests and leaders brought their charges against him, he did not say a thing.13 Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear what crimes they say you have done?” 14 But Jesus did not say anything, and the governor was greatly amazed.
Sometimes it may be very beneficial to speak regarding certain issues which matter. Our silence on such issues may only lead to precious lives going astray and important works collapsing. Sometimes too, we ought to learn how to keep shut and endure painful and trial moments especially when such moments shall lead us to a glorious end.
We must learn the act of knowing what to respond to and what not to respond to regardless of how compelling the situation might be!
Joseph least did fight his brothers when he was being sold into slavery. When he was accused of what he had not done in Potiphar’s house, he least did retort. He yet did humble himself even at the prison.Humility is the key to greatness. Humility is to know what to respond to and what not to respond to!
Apostle Paul wrote
“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive. ” 1 Corinthians 10:23
Our current day’s life shall surely present us with compelling life issues which may demand our voice. We may meet situations where speaking would seem expedient but we must remember when to speak and when not to speak.
When the situation demands action, know the end of the action before you start the action!
JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON!
1 Timothy 6
New International Version (NIV)
All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare[a] of their slaves.
False Teachers and the Love of Money
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Final Charge to Timothy
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.
Grace be with you all.