As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And set
me before Your face forever. (Psalms 41:12)
Joseph was a righteous man who had cultivated a
reputation for godliness in his community. Then word spread across the
community that Mary, the woman to whom he was engaged, was expecting a child.
There would be many who would assume the worst of this apparently scandalous
situation. Joseph probably experienced gossip from some, ostracism from others.
Yet he was a man of integrity, aware that God knew the truth of his
relationship with Mary.
At times, God will be the only witness to your
righteous behavior. Sometimes God is the only one who will understand your
motives. Sometimes you will do all you know God has asked you to do, only to
face ridicule from others. At such times all you can do is maintain your
integrity, trusting that God always keeps His eyes on you. God looks favorably
upon those who walk with integrity, doing what they know is right, regardless
of how others perceive their actions.
The most important thing is not that people know
the truth. The most important thing is that you are a person of integrity
before God. When no one seems to understand why you have done something or when
others question whether you have done all you should have done, your confidence
should not be in the hope of vindication in the eyes of others. It should be in
the knowledge that God keeps you in His sight. If you have this confidence, it
will be enough to sustain you.