I am being really impacted learning about the life of Joseph as I teach from his life at the moment, and I think I’ll share a few DIG s about his character.
We see Joseph being tempted by his master’s wife and we see him using a very common sense strategy to deal with this.
He knew it would have been an ungodly act to give in, so when the temptation came along he said he could not do it (Genesis 39 v 9).
We see him not listening to the lady and doing his best to avoid her (Genesis 39 v 10).
And finally we see him running away completely from the temptation (Genesis 39 v 15).
Joseph did his utmost to ensure he did not succumb to this specific temptation, and we can learn from his strategy.
Let me paraphrase what I think Joseph did.
He said no, he did not give the temptation time in his mind (he did not think about it) and he removed himself from the temptation.
This is a great strategy and is not exactly rocket science.
A brother once confided in me that he had problems of getting into trouble when he went to the pub and had a few drinks; my advice was not to go to the pub!
My advice was to not go where the temptation was, that really is common sense advice.
If we watch too much television, just do not switch it on.
If we eat too much sugar or fatty foods, do not buy that food in the first place.
You may be thinking this is not really great or advanced theological advice; this is not really deep doctrine.
Well no it is not, but it is sound Biblical advice based upon the life of Joseph.
Say no, don’t think about it and stay away from it; there, that is may sound advice if you are struggling with a temptation today!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the example of Joseph, thank you that we can learn from him and his life through study of your Word”.
Genesis 39 v 9 and 10…..There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, or to be with her