A few years ago, a friend of mine confided in me how she walked away from temptation. Choosing her marriage over the lure of a man, she stayed true to her vows.
I got to thinking about the choice that she made, and the rewards that God gives to the faithful.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, NIV)
It’s important to take note of the words in verse six, “He rewards…“ As we’re not always rewarded by others. Whatever the temptation might be, the road less traveled is often a difficult choice.
Remember Joseph who, in Genesis chapter 39, refused the advances of Potiphar’s wife. Out of respect to his master and to God, Joseph fled temptation and left. As a result of his loyalty, he was imprisoned by Potiphar himself, but that wasn’t the end of his story.
Faithfulness may be hidden from others, but it’s never hidden from God. Whether big or seemingly insignificant, He’s watching every choice that we make. God was with Joseph that day. He saw his faithfulness, He knew Joseph’s heart, and He blessed him accordingly.
Whatever it is that you choose to do, do it not for others, but for the glory of God!
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Read the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39. Notice the ways that God blessed him.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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