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PostSubject: Issue #93 Mon, 21 Aug 2006   March 12th 2007, 00:08

To Stand Though The Heavens Fall!
Lessons From The Life of Joseph PART II


Dear Youth,

Joseph stood firm to his convictions and principles even at the sacrifice of favour, liberty, and even life itself! He sought to find favour with his master and endeavoured to please him with everything he did, but when it came to principle, God was always first. It is interesting to note that those in charge of Joseph all admired him for his integrity, faithfulness, and strength. He was not afraid to stand for the right or to openly express his allegiance to Jehovah. "In the history of Joseph, Daniel, and his fellows, we see how the golden chain of truth may bind the youth to the throne of God. . . .These youth were not ashamed to display their true colours. Even in the court of the king, in their words, their habits, their practises, they confessed their faith in the Lord God of heaven. . . .You should be prepared to follow the example of these noble youth. Never be ashamed of your colours; put them on, unfurl them to the gaze of men and angels. Do not be controlled by false modesty, by false prudence which suggests to you a course of action contrary to this advice. By your choice words and a consistent course of action, by your propriety, your earnest piety, make a telling confession of your faith, determined that Christ shall occupy the throne in the soul temple; and lay your talents without reserve at His feet to be employed in His service." (Messages to Young People, p. 27-28 )

As if living amongst the paganistic Egyptians as a slave wasn't enough, Joseph was about to face another great test. Potiphar's wife sought to cause the young man to break God's holy law. This temptation came so sudden and powerful that it seemed all heaven held it's breath to see what choice Joseph would make; would principle triumph here? But even here, Joseph exemplified supreme integrity. He would not betray the confidence of his earthly master and no matter what the cost, he would remain true to his Master in heaven. The consequences of his choice resulted in his being thrown into prison.

Just to give you a little example of how much Joseph's superior's trusted him, we are told that if Potiphar had really believed his wife's accusations against the loyal Hebrew, Joseph would have lost his life, but his uprightness, modesty and virtue were evidence of his innocence. To think that Potiphar trusted a foreign, young slave more than he trusted his own wife is a powerful testimony in itself!

Young people, God wants youth who will stand for principle no matter what the cost! He wants men and women like Joseph, Daniel and Esther. Men and women who will dedicate their lives fully to the service of God whatever hardships may befall them as a result! The characteristics that distinguished Joseph and Daniel are the same qualities that God wants to reveal in us today!

We are told that: "The greatest want of the world is the want of men-- men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall." (Education, p. 57)

Joseph stood all alone amidst a pagan and godless people! He didn't even have anyone to help encourage him, his total dependence was in God and God alone. He faced the same kinds of temptations that you and I face today, but through them all he came forth victorious! We are told that: "Loyalty to God, faith in the Unseen, was Joseph's anchor. In this lay the hiding of his power." (Education, p. 54) While Joseph won the confidence of his companions, guards, and superior's, his first loyalty was always to God, His principles, and His law.

If we will but place our first loyalty and our faith in God, He will become our stronghold, our companion, and our fortress. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1) He will enable us to stand, whatever situation we find ourselves in, wherever we are led, or however difficult or uncomfortable our surroundings may be. Consider this powerful and amazing character, who was only a simple shepherd-boy, a youth still in his teens, but who allowed Christ to occupy the throne of his heart! God has set the story of Joseph before us today, as a fresh reminder and lesson of what God desires for his chosen people to be.

God is calling for youth, like Joseph, who will stand ALONE, though the heavens fall!

--Stephanie Fox

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PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.
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