Joseph was a good man! He knew the boundaries and he stayed within them. So when his master’s wife wanted to use him –he properly refused. But, he was a slave. He was not an equal and had little say about the master’s wife’s behavior. The right thing was to stay away from her–which he did, but she neither made it easy, nor would she allow him to say no to her. So Joseph escaped her tricks, but at great cost. He remained pure and honest out of his devotion to God and to his master. His choice came with cost.
When we remain faithful to God, we know that ultimately we will be blessed. God has promised us an eternity with him and a full and meaningful life on earth. But, as we buck the world’s system, invariably their will be a cost. It is often simply being thought of as simple or naïve, but, many times it can lead to persecution, job loss or even prison and death. It has been great to live in a country where we are free to worship as we see fit, but, as we look around the globe, that freedom is fading away nation by nation, generation by generation. Soon, we too will face the choice of doing what is right or doing what is easy. If we choose right, their will be a cost–but, as with Joseph, the cost no matter how high will be worth keeping our faith and walking with honor before God! Help me, Lord to walk honorably before you
God Bless You
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. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 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.…
16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”