“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity, God is faithful and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so that you are able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptation is something that we each face. Sometimes we bring it on as we place ourselves in precarious situations. Other times we are not sure where a particular temptation originated, but there it is. Even Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4).
As we study the life of Joseph for insights into how God works in our lives, we find in Genesis 39 the dramatic account of temptation and false testimony. We also see firm resolve as Joseph held on to his values.
Joseph was a slave in Egypt and had great responsibility in the house of Potiphar. His master’s wife sought to seduce him on more than one occasion. Our account of this in Genesis 39 is very dramatic as the story comes alive. Although in great danger, Joseph was able to hold to his principles even though it ended him up in prison.
One important theme that runs through this passage is “the Lord was with him”. When we abide with Christ, we are able to deal with all that life throws at us. When temptation comes, we can rely on the Holy Spirit and the Word to give guidance as we make choices. Knowing God gives us a foundation to stand against temptation or to know when we are to flee from it. Remember that as a Believer, you do not face life alone but God is with you and will guide you.
Also remember a key passage in Genesis that colors this story and our lives too; “you meant evil against me but God intended it for good”. The Genesis 50:20 Principle.
Things to Ponder:
How does God’s Word and Christian values help you walk a righteous path?
Thank God for all the times He has delivered you from temptations that may ruin you in so many ways.
Ask God for forgiveness for the times you have faltered/failed.
Joseph had a choice. You do as well. Choose wisely.