Sacred history provides many illustrations of the results of true education. It presents many noble examples of people whose lives were a blessing to others and who stood in the world as representatives of God. Among these are Joseph, Daniel and Moses.
In early life, just as they were passing from youth to manhood, Joseph and Daniel were separated from their homes and carried as captives to heathen lands. Especially was Joseph subject to the temptations that attend great changes of fortune.
In his father’s home he was a tenderly cherished child, in the house of Potiphar a slave, in Pharaoh’s dungeon a prisoner of state, condemned unjustly. However, at a time of great crisis, he was called to leadership in the nation of Egypt. What enabled him to preserve his integrity?
In his childhood, Joseph had been taught the love and fear of God. Often he had been told the stories surrounding the faith, life and works of his forefathers. Their struggles and victories in life through an abiding and steadfast faith and focus on the infinite one.
Moreover as a shepherd boy tending his father’s flock, Joseph’s pure and simple life had favored the development of both physical and mental power. By communion with God through nature and study of the great truths handed down as a sacred trust from father to son, he had gained strength of mind and firmness of principle.
In the crisis of his life, when making that terrible journey from his childhood home in Canaan to the bondage that awaited him his soul thrilled with the high resolve to prove himself true to God- under all circumstances- to act as a subjectof the king of heaven.
He would serve the lord with an undivided heart; he would meet the trials of his lot with fortitude and perform every duty with fidelity. One day’s experience had been the turning point in Joseph’s life subject of terrible calamity had transformed him from a petted child to a man,thoughtful,courageous, and self- possessed.
No one can stand upon a lofty height without danger. As the tempest that leaves unharmed the flower of the valley uproots the tree upon the mountain top, so do fierce temptations that leave untouched the lowlyin life assail those who stand in the world’s high places. But Joseph bore alike the test of adversity and of prosperity. The same fidelity was manifest in the palace of the pharaohs as in the prisoner’s cell.
What’s was Joseph’s not so hidden secret?
Loyalty to God, faith in the unseen were his anchor. In this lay the hiding of his power. Having been brought up in the fear of the almighty God and experiencing his ever present saving grace and power in his life Joseph thrived in all stages of his young life into a successful adulthood and life of service.
Only when we realize that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom do our lives begin to have a deeper sense and we all find a true purpose in life . Only fools despise knowledge and understanding.