19 So when they arrived at Joseph’s house, they said to the servant in charge, 20 “Sir, we came to Egypt once before to buy grain. 21 But when we stopped for the night, we each found in our grain sacks the exact amount we had paid. We have brought that money back, 22 together with enough money to buy more grain. We don’t know who put the money in our sacks.”
How many of us have been there? You’re walking in the parking lot and you see on the ground a $20, $50, or $100 bill and you’re faced with the decision to either keep it or turn it in.
That’s what happened with Joseph’s brothers. They went to Egypt, got bags of food, and when they were on their way home they found the money they spent on their food in their bags. So basically they got free food.
Now, from their perspective, I’d be trying to figure out who’s fault it is. Is it my fault? Did I forget to pay them? But if I forgot to pay them then shouldn’t they have stopped me? So if they didn’t stop me then really it’s their fault right?
We ask ourselves the same thing when it comes to the need to be honest. I’m not just talking about when you find a certain amount of money on the ground but with all matters. When it comes to being honest with your boss, your friends, your husband or wife we question the situation until it favors us not having to be honest and we do this because we are afraid we’ll get in trouble. We’re afraid that people will be mad at us.
3 If you do the right thing,
honesty will be your guide.
But if you are crooked,
you will be trapped
by your own dishonesty.
Once you start down the path of keeping secrets and being dishonest you trap yourself. You can try and barry it deep down but at the end of the day you know and God knows that you’ve got to open up about something with someone.
Find someone in your life who you can open up to. Who you can share anything with and trust. For me it’s my wife. And once you open up you’ll no longer have this sense of guilt hanging over you and it’ll feel as if a weight has been lifted off you’re shoulders.