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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Vital Godliness

[Add] to patience godliness.
2 PETER 1:6
6th April
William Gurnall
Godliness is the child of truth, and it must be nursed... with no other milk than that of its own mother.
The Bible upholds those that live godly, who have a reverence for spiritual matters and seek to live in the fear of the Lord. Blessed is the one who, being conscious of God's presence, desires to be found faithful in His sight.

Joseph was such a person. His whole life, from his earliest days to his death as an old man of 110 years, is epitomized by this devotion to God, His cause, and His Word. Like Moses, Joseph saw Him who is invisible. His life was spent in the light of the "unseen things" spoken of by the apostle Paul: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (II Cor. 4:17-18). It was this faithfulness to God that sustained Joseph amid the ever-changing pathway of life. His inner piety resulted in the enjoyment of the continual blessing of God even in the most adverse of circumstances. Sold as a slave, yet protected and preserved by the hand of the Almighty; imprisoned unjustly, yet finding honour even in captivity; despised by men, yet signally exalted by God.

Joseph at first appeared to suffer great loss because of his godliness, but as he rested in the Lord and lived in holiness for His glory, he found the truth of what Paul later noted: "Godliness with contentment is great gain." Let us ever seek true godliness-not just an outward conformity to rules, but a heart holiness that is founded on and fueled by a living faith in Jesus Christ.