What if I told you that you could change how intelligent you are–or your children will be? Perhaps you’re saying, “That’s ridiculous. IQ is immutable and unlikely to be altered by one’s behavior. Or maybe you’re saying, “I don’t know, but if it’s true sign me up!”
However you may have reacted, I hope you’re intrigued enough by this proposition of ancient Jewish wisdom to try it out for size. I think you’ll be surprised at how precisely it accounts for your experiences in the real world.
We read of three men whose wisdom was admired and whose guidance and leadership was sought: Joseph, Daniel, and Mordechai. Each withstood alluring attempts to get him to abandon restraint.
Watch Joseph as his employer’s wife, by all accounts a most attractive woman, tries to seduce him.
…after these things, his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, lie with me. But he refused… ‘[saying] because you are his wife, how can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?’ And she spoke to Joseph day by day but he did not listen to her to lie with her or be with her.
Soon after, we find that Joseph’s wisdom and leadership qualities become evident to all.