Above All—Honor Christ!
“For them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”
I Samuel 2:20b
Joseph had guarded himself from Potiphar’s lovely yet deceitful wife, but now, as her perfume tantalized his senses, he had to act quickly. If he lingered, unbridled passion would take hold. Sin against God, forget who he was? No, there was only one thing left to do—run! And he did!
The cheating wife screamed—rapist!
Potiphar in his pride yelled —how dare you touch my wife!
For good behavior Joseph was thrown—into jail!
And until Joseph became second ruler in Egypt, he sulked, felt sorry for himself, grumbled, and told everyone his story.
It just wasn’t fair… What those people did to me…and where was God?
Three young men stood alone while those around them fell on their faces and worshiped Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol. These three had made an unpopular choice. They were alone and unwavering in their devotion to God!
And how did the Almighty reward them for such faithful honor to the One they had served since childhood?
An enraged king waved his diamond scepter and threatened.
“You won’t bow?”
“To the fire I’ll send you!”
The three reasoned together.
Well, on second thought… that’s a God we don’t want to follow. How cruel. After serving Him all these years!
So they bowed to the idol and spent their days telling their story of an unfair God who deserted them in time of crisis.
It didn’t happen that way? No!
Joseph didn’t grumble and spew out bitterness.
He rolled up his sleeves, and asked the jail keeper, “How can I help?”
Even when God seemed not to care,
Joseph honored God. Promotion came!
A nation was saved!
Three Hebrew boys who faced certain death declared, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, O king. But if not, know this—we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18
In the burning fiery furnace of life they were met by the One who was like unto the Son of God!
Bitterness did not clothe them but they shone with the glory light of the One who brought them to the fire—to bring them out.
Is God honored only when all is well? And are we justified to dishonor and judge God when life spirals out of control?
Dearly beloved, consider Joseph and the three Hebrew boys. What if—they had chosen bitterness, anger, resentment against God?
Would they have missed a miracle, an amazing provision?
Oh, yes, but—above all their understanding, above all their questions, and above all their sorrows—they honored God!
I encourage you today. Bow your knee to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Honor Him—above all.
Then wait on tiptoe, for Christ the Lord is in the midst of your fire to do wonders, receive honor and reward your work, beloved child.