Good character is so rare, it’s difficult to find, and even harder to accept, as people question it’s motives.
This rare quality places righteousness over gain and is ready and willing to live with the consequences of it’s actions.
We might be able to fool all of the people some of the time or some of the people all the time, but God…never. Since He knows our hearts, how can we even begin to rationalize faking it with him, yet attempts continue. Truly, it’s a futile effort on our part, and frankly, not too smart.
Good character should never be a manipulative tactic but need be practiced at all times for the eyes of God, not men:
* Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. C.S. Lewis
We learn through Jesus’ contempt of Pharisees, that this pure heart behind our actions is mandatory in making God smile.
If there’s any chance of success in pleasing the Father, our great purpose above all else, should be the pursuit of establishing good character.
Is it any wonder that Joseph was the poster child for modeling this. From the time of his youth, through his life’s story, deception was not an option for him; it simply could not be found in his DNA. Yes, Joseph suffered major setbacks beginning with maltreatment by his jealous brothers, and certainly from rejecting the advances by Potipher’s lusty wife.
In the short run, it appeared that justice was simply not in the cards for him. Very relatable to many of us, as in our own turn of events, life simply does not seem fair.
And yet, the Bible emphasizes our God to be a just one, righteous in all his doings. We witness such a beautiful depiction of this when one very dysfunctional family is reunited in Egypt after the brothers come to bow before Joseph as in his prophetic dream.:
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Gen 50:20 NIV.
We always take pleasure when we see justice served, (unless, of course that justice is served to our own wrongdoings). But, unlike most book and movie endings, we don’t always see that tidy finale where the right thing results in the 11th hour.
Often, we don’t see it at all, which is that persistent argument given by naysayers and unbelievers questioning why bad things happen to good people.
Life is more like a series of movie sequel’s, where the complete story is not to be seen in one episode. God had the very first word as we’ve read it on Genesis’ first page. He also will have the last which we’ll all hear on that day we will stand before him, and that word will be “justice.”
No matter the seemingly unfair treatment this world may dish out, for those who truly love the Lord, what a sweet, sweet sound His words will one day be to those having lived attempting to be men and women of good character.