Genesis 39

In this account of Joseph we see that Joseph is a man of integrity. In fact Joseph’s response to Potiphar’s wife, i.e. ‘how then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God’, tells us that he seems to have a good understanding of what God expects of him. He is not willing to compromise. Are we compromising, allowing ourselves to do certain things because the world shouts at us that if we do it we will feel good? Feeling good is not the same thing as being good.

God’s grace is also evident. God is blessing Joseph in everything he does, and his pagan masters understand that he is blessed because God is doing the blessing. I believe that it means that Joseph is living out his faith in God in such a tangible way that his masters have no choice but to acknowledge God’s hand in his life. May our lives reflect what Christ has done for us in a way that will inspire our non-believer friends to give glory to God.

Joseph sets an excellent example of how to deal with the temptation of sexual sin: flee from it! How do you and I deal with it? We are bombarded with this temptation inside our house when we switch on our television or surf the Internet, and when we leave our house it doesn’t get any better. Advertising companies like to use images that might get our thoughts going in directions they should not go. Jesus said, ‘But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart’. May God helps us to be people of integrity in both our thought-life and our actions.