6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
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.
Was Joseph naïve? A brash braggart? We may never know. What we do know is that his brothers resented his dream and they resented Joseph. The story of Joseph at this point illustrates how we can be right and be wrong at the same time. In time, Joseph’s dreams would prove true, his brothers would bow down to him, but the painful journey they all will take . . . Was it necessary? (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What is God telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this passage in your daily life?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the children of Cambodia and those who work with them.