She caught him by the cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” – Gen 39:12 If someone had to take a tough decision, it was Joseph. As the incident mentioned in today’s Bible passage explains, Joseph took a decision to flee from doing evil rather than succumbing to it. In today’s context, we are often in situations where we feel it is easier to do the evil or wrong rather than fleeing from it.
In every walk of life from applying for a driver’s license to receiving an order for a new business, we find that if we are ready to compromise a bit, then things are faster for us. If we pay the required bribe, then the order is given to us. No one cares about the quality of implementation any more. So what if the person can’t drive very well? If he gives me money, I will give him the license to drive. It would have been easy for Joseph to please his masters’ wife by compromising with her. But, he chose the tough path to take a choice that would not please his master’s wife but rather show his servitude to God. Ultimately, Joseph was blessed with a high quality life reserved for the princes of the land because he took a series of right decisions in life which were pleasing to God. As a Christian entrepreneur and professional, ‘Do your decisions please God?’
In the early part of my career as a salesman, I was confronted by a boss who wanted me to pay bribe to a higher official to get an approval. I took a decision that, even if I am to lose my job, I will not pay that bribe. The Lord has blessed me; today I train several salesmen as a corporate trainer. I am able to talk of integrity confidently, because I took a decision not to compromise myself when the best option was perhaps, to compromise.
The quality of your life depends on the Godly decisions you take. Take decisions that will glorify God and God will glorify you among all men. Dear Jesus, help me to have strength to make the right decisions. Teach me that though making choices that please you are tough, You will ultimately bless me if I stand strong for you. Amen.
CCF acknowledges with Thanks to CIM (Christian Institute of Management) for allowing to republish this article by CCF core team member, which originally was published in Management Devotional 2014 of CIM.