I read this in the Day to Day devotions about Joseph. I modified it to address us instead of the third person perspective:
Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.
We must always be a people motivated by principle, not by expediency. We would rather lose our freedoms than our peace with God. We must be willing to be stripped of our privileges and position in life than our character.
In order not to sin we must deliberately closed our eyes to sin and to worldly advantage. It is not important for us to stand in good stead with the world’s masters. To please them would secure our standing and reputation. To cross them would ruin our hopes of a better future. But we must shut our eyes to worldly advantage and clung to moral principles. We must look beyond the temporary. We must see eternal principles, timeless laws. We must see and know God only. Had we gave in to this world, we might have acquired temporary favors, but they would not have lasted, and we will not be promoted by God alone. Our secret: must be is our undisturbed fellowship with God. We must be in touch with God and consequently He will protect us.
‘Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.’
Adapted from Open Doors International , 1995. .