By LOU TISCIONE
Trust is a precious commodity. Once lost it may never be restored. People tend to develop trust in an individual in whom they see character. We’ve seen public figures who were once trusted and are now held at “arm’s length” because of deceptive and weak behavior.
We know that character concerns a person’s morals and ethics. Character is developed over an extended period of time. We can look at a person’s past and make an assessment of how he or she will act in the future. For example, a person’s record of telling the truth is invaluable in determining that person’s character.
The biblical record of the lives of Joseph and Moses are examples of men of godly character. As you read their stories, the first thing that should come to mind is that these men are not perfect. The Bible does not fail to describe their faults as well as their virtues.
Genesis 39 is a significant part of Joseph’s life that reveals his character. Joseph became a successful man. He was put in charge of the household of an officer of the Pharaoh. We read that the Lord was with Joseph. Joseph had an ongoing relationship with the Lord. As a child, Joseph thought he was of special privilege. As you may recall, his superior attitude angered his brothers to such a degree that they plotted to kill him, but ended up selling him as a slave.
Years later, Joseph who walked with the Lord was blessed by Him. He became very successful. His character was tested at this very comfortable point in his life. The beautiful wife of the officer who entrusted his household to Joseph sought to seduce him. Joseph resisted and Moses recorded what he said. “… Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge … How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:8ff)