Thursday March 7, 2019 – When temptation comes…

Genesis 39:9  “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?”

The story of Joseph has such amazing twists and turns.  He’s a young man of 17 loved by his father Jacob, who gave him a richly ornamented robe as a sign of his love.  This provoked hatred in his brothers because they saw that Jacob loved Joseph more than he loved them.  Then Joseph received the two dreams in which it appeared that his family was bowing before him.  This made his brothers hate him even more.

Shortly thereafter, the brothers sold him into slavery, instead of killing him.  Once in Egypt he was purchased by Potiphar, captain of the guard for Pharaoh.  God proceeded to bless Joseph in everything he did and Potiphar recognized it.  So Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household and everything he owned.  Everything Joseph did was being blessed.

Into this success came serious temptation in the form Potiphar’s wife, who was attracted to this handsome young man.  Day after day, she repeatedly tried to get Joseph to sleep with her.  Joseph recognized the temptation for what it was and is – a wicked thing; a betrayal of Potiphar’s trust; and a sin against God.  When she finally grabbed his cloak to get him to come to bed with her, he fled and ran out of the house.  He refused to yield to sin.

What an example for us!  In Christ, we have the opportunity to be a blessing to all around us.  But in the midst of it, temptations will come.  Pray that we have the eyes to see them, as Joseph did – and also the firm resolve to resist them, no matter what.  Sin is sin.  The enemy of our souls wants us to sin against God – who allows the temptations to come.  God wants to see us stand firm against them – and flee if need be, in order to affirm who we are in Him – to demonstrate the quality of His workmanship in us.

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About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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