When king David wrote Psalm 51 and asked God to restore to him a right spirit, he was actually asking God to restore within him a moral compass. When the voice of our conscience has been neglected or abused it distorts our ability to make good sound judgements. We suddenly find ourselves in compromising positions and we don’t know what to do.
Compare the moral ambiguity of David with the moral clarity of Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his own brothers, Joseph chose not to get bitter, but to trust in The Lord. He was bought by a rich Egyptian, named Potiphar who eventually put Joseph in charge of all his estate.
One day, as Joseph was going about his work, Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. She went as far as to send away all the other slaves, isolate Joseph and close all the doors. But Joseph chose to run away. Furious over her failure to seduce the young man, the woman accused Joseph of trying to rape her. And this landed Joseph in prison.
Unjustly accused for having done what was right in the sight of God, Joseph could have gotten bitter. He could have allowed his circumstances to change his view of God. But he resisted the negative and toxic thoughts and kept his moral compass pointing in the direction of truth.
After a number of years God brought Joseph out of prison and he ascended to the right hand of Pharaoh. Acting as the Prime Minister, Joseph oversaw an enormous economic boom in Egypt and was reconciled to his evil brothers. It is an amazing story about the importance of having a good, clear moral compass in times that are confusing.
When life is peaceful and we are surrounded by loving and wise friends, decisions usually are easier to make. It is when we are tossed left and right by negative and hostile circumstances that we need a good compass. When you are sailing through life and everything is working the way you thought they should work, you may not even need to look at your compass. However, when the storms arise, the wind is howling, and your boat is taking on water, that is when you need a good compass.
Have you allowed your moral compass to get off track? Have you allowed compromise to come in and distort the ability of your soul to distinguish right from wrong? Decide today that through this day of prayer and fasting, God will send His Spirit to heal and restore your moral compass.