GENESIS 39 IN FOCUS
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 8 But he refused
THINK ABOUT IT
Have you ever been accused falsely before?
What terrible mistake have you committed?
What are you suffering for today?
Where are you heading towards?
Who are your accusers?
What are you enduring today?
False accusation has resulted in the death of so many innocent people! There are so many people in our prisons today who are innocent of the reasons why they are there!
People have been accused of rape when they have not even touch the body of their ‘victims’
Are you going through emotional trauma because of false accusation? Rejoice if you are innocent. Yes! Rejoice if you are truly standing for God!
‘“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’
The pleasures of the world are so enticing and it so easy to succumb to pleasures of the world. Joseph had had an opportunity many would have desired to have. The wife of the commander in chief of the land! Oh how prestigious it would have been for Joseph to drink from the same cup as his master Potiphar but he refused! Joseph counted such great offer dung for the fear of God.
Apostle Paul wrote, Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, Philippians 3:8
The real test of mankind’s loyalty to God is his ability to stand firm in the face of the world’s alluring pleasures that go against the will of God! His ability to say no to what deserves no and to say yes to what deserves yes in so far as such things are reasonable or unreasonable in the sight of God.
The more blessings you obtain from God, the more your hatred, temptation and envy from the world increase. Joseph had the favor of God upon his life. God blessed all that he did even when he had been sold by his own brothers but he met Potiphar’s wife.
Real loyalty is not just the attitude we portray in the presence of our superiors’ but, our attitude towards their authority at their absence even in the most alluring moment!
‘She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.’
Joseph stood for loyalty. He never wanted to displease God. He would instead suffer for his loyalty towards God than kowtow to the pleasures of the world.
God shall always remain loyal to they that are loyal to Him. Do you wish to have the favor of God? Do His will! Stand for holiness and remain faithful to His commandments
Even when Joseph was in prison, he was honored! Suffer for what is noble!
‘Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.’ Philippians 4:8
Our Potiphar’s wife may differ today. Corruption that makes men rich! We may be pushed to sell our integrity for things of canal nature! Sexual pleasures that lure so many people into sinning each day! So many people would have to exchange their bodies for position, job or probably for favor! Situations that compel us to speak what is not true so as to be free.Discomforts of life that push us to seek for help from gods and obscure places which are abomination to the Sovereign Lord God Jehovah!
What is your Potiphar’s wife? Stand firm!
Joseph is no more living today but we are living! Who shall be the Joseph of our time?
REMEMBER JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON!
hymn by Isaac Watt
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.