Potiphar’s wife saw Joseph as a consumable good. In her mind, he was not any different than a horse, a couch or a chariot. So, while Joseph had established himself as a great operations manager for his master–his mistress wanted to use him for far less acceptable purposes. Joseph, honoring God, his family and his master, refused.
He stayed away and tended the job he had been given–until one day! The day Potiphar’s wife set the trap for Joseph, he did the only thing a man with integrity could do–he left losing his cloak in the process. Now she had him–since her boy toy would not play, she lied and had him thrown away! Joseph was now in prison–the Pharaoh’s prison. Why, for honoring God and his master, Potiphar. I am sure Joseph was completely devastated. Still, God was with him and blessed him, even in prison.
It is not guaranteed that simply doing the right things will help to avoid trouble. In fact, Jesus promises that in this life there would be trouble, but, he also promises that he will walk with us–through those troubles. In addition, as we honor him with our lives, he will use our actions to further his plan. Though the trials we face could devastate, embarrass or completely ruin us, we must maintain the confidence that He is faithful and will never leave or forsake us. Joseph maintained that confidence and it made him invaluable–wherever he was!
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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 were 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.
13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me 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.”
19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.
But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.