God is Still There
And Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.
Genesis 39:7 NLT
She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.
Genesis 39:10-12 NLT
The safest and most dangerous place we can be is in the will of God!
As we read the story of Joseph, we discover God was with him in the house of Potiphar, and everything he touched prospered. Potiphar noticed how good Joseph was, so he put him in charge of everything. In a relatively short time, Joseph ran the entire house of Potiphar. It appeared being in the will of God and having God with you paid off for Joseph.
Then came temptation. Potiphar’s wife, who evidently was used to getting whatever she wanted, decided she wanted to be with Joseph. She propositioned Joseph, and he refused. But she didn’t give up. She kept pressuring him, and he tried to avoid her.
Then one day she trapped him and grabbed him. He ran away leaving his cloak in her hands. She lied about Joseph and accused him of attempting to rape her. She told her story to everyone, including her husband. Potiphar had Joseph thrown into prison.
Just a side note, in my studies, I discovered an interesting note that Potiphar had the right to have Joseph killed for such an offense. Perhaps, Potiphar had seen the integrity of Joseph and questioned his wife’s account and that is why instead of having Joseph executed, he put him in prison. As bad as the prison was, it was better than death.
There are several lessons in this part of Joseph’s story, but the most obvious to me is that it is possible to be in the will of God, doing the right thing, and still have difficulty. One lesson we get consistently throughout scripture is that being in God’s will is both the safest and most dangerous place to be.
In my early years of following Jesus, I thought if I ever got my life really together, I’d never have another problem, hurt, or disappointment. I was sure that bad things only happened to bad people.
After a few years under my belt, I now know that bad things happen—to good people and bad people. Bad things can happen when you are reading your Bible, praying, faithful in church, generous in giving even above the tithe, doing life in your small group, and even fasting. We can do all the right things—which is important—and still find ourselves in unpleasant situations.
The difference is that when we are doing the right thing and staying connected to our Father God, then when bad things come, we can have peace in the storm. We don’t have to panic. We may be in the prison of loss, sickness, rejection, or frustration, but we can have peace in the prison because we have God’s presence with us.
Jesus has promised never to leave us or forsake us. Regardless of how bad our situation may be, we can trust that He wants to be with us. When He is with us, we can have peace.
Holy Spirit, please give me a new sense of Your presence today. I need to know that You are with me. You are working in me and through me.
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