There are certain characters from Bible stories that really get my attention. In the book of Genesis, the one who stands out is Joseph. Why he stands out to me is not the coat of many “colors” Bible story from childhood. It isn’t that he was a dreamer of spiritual dreams, or that he could interpret dreams of others. It was what he said to Mrs. Potiphar in Genesis 39. I’ll get to that in a sec, but let’s look at how he arrived at the Potiphar residence, and became overseer of that families estate.
Joseph had eleven older brothers, and at least one sister. He was daddies favorite son, for that reason alone, his brothers didn’t have much for little Joe, their seventeen year underling. Jacob, his father, showed him favoritism by making him a coat of many colors, (a tunic with sleeves…bad translation). And to top it off, he had dreams of leadership over his brothers…they wanted him dead. One day his father sent him to check on his older brothers. When they saw him coming afar off, the plan was down to murder him, what a nice family. His older brother Reuben save him from death. They threw him in a hole then sold him to some merchants as a slave. The merchants sold him to the Potiphar household in Egypt.
The scriptures tell the story in a manner that reveals God’s hand and mercy on Joseph.
“The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master SAW that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.” vs. 2-3
What did Mr. P see? I have to really think on this in a meditative way, simply because of all of the spiritual lessons in these two passages. Here’s a real kicker:
“So it was, from the time that he made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptians house for Joseph’s sake”… vs.5
The spiritual implication of these verses is that God caused the young reject from his own home to prosper and have success in all he did, and prospered those around him for his sake. He does the same for you and I through Christ as we live a life of integrity, conducting ourselves in truth, kindness, showing grace to all around us. Do you see that in your life?
The big finish to this segment of Joseph’s life is that though everything seemed to be going well for him, evil was busy looking for a counter-attack plan. Mrs. P liked Joseph…really liked him, enough to bed-down with him. She worked on her young prospect daily until one day she caught him alone. “It came to pass after these things that the master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, ‘lie with me.” vs.7
This is the reason I love his story above the other great stories in Genesis. He explained to her that his master trusted him and placed everything except her into his hand, having rule over all. But the statement in verse 9 shows where or to Whom his allegiance was:
…”how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin AGAINST GOD?” (Selah)
The story actually gets better as to the outcome, but no greater thing was said in my estimation in the rest of his story. My question to myself is, “would I respond the same way?” Not about the issue of lying with the man’s wife, rather, am I that devoted to God that I would not even dream of hurting His feelings, and displease Him? Did I teach my daughter and sons the importance of pleasing God out of their love and devotion to Him? Most of the way we think of sinning is not doing so, not to please God, but so we don’t go to hell. Wrong.
I’m not trying to be your Sunday school teacher. But I would like to get this point across; develop your spiritual life and understanding out of devotion to God, having a heart to please Him out of love. Just as Joseph had success, and prospered in all he did, as well as those around him were prospered, so our life will go. When God is place in number one position, ahead of our worry for wants and needs, He takes care of outcomes and what is meant for our evil, He turns it for good.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.