Joseph risked delivering a very unwelcome prediction of famine — news which Pharaoh might not have wanted to hear.
Joseph’s “career” (if we may call it that) begins with his brothers throwing him in a pit to die, then changing their minds and selling him to foreign traders as a slave instead.
Just as we can’t find our way with a disoriented map, so we can’t make right decisions when we are out of alignment with God’s will.
Looking for a surefire test for the ethics of any stratagem? Ask whether it will receive praise or condemnation when shouted from the rooftops.
Lives that bear witness to a greater reality are the loudest and clearest proclamations of the Good News.