Monday, January 16, 2012
Welcome to Day 16 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Genesis 39:2 and 21, “the Lord was with Joseph…”
Note: The Lord was with Joseph as a slave and as a prisoner. Wouldn’t you think God would “rescue” Joseph. We often think, “God if you loved me, I wouldn’t be in this situation, or you would heal me, or you would get me out of here!”
v 9, “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” v 10, Potiphar’s wife “spoke to Joseph day after day” to go to bed with her. She was relentless in her pursuit of Joseph! Love Joseph’s character and integrity. His viewpoint was, “everything has been entrusted to me. How could I do such a thing and sin against God!”
Genesis 40, Joseph interprets the dreams for the baker and the cup bearer. Then spends TWO more years in prison until chapter 41 when he is summoned by Pharaoh, interprets his dreams and is appointed second in charge of all of Egypt. Vice Pharaoh? What an amazing story of how God uses situations in our lives… remains faithful through them… Joseph used his gifting as an administrator and runs the prison as a prisoner.
Luke 16, interesting that this is the parable of the shrewd manager!
v 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Joseph was trustworthy in Potiphar’s house. He was trustworthy even as a prisoner locked up in prison… then he is entrusted with all of Egypt!
v 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” How true is this… and prophetic of Jesus’ eventual death. There is nothing that can convince people to believe or follow Christ.
Potiphar’s house. Prison. Pharaoh. Joseph is entrusted with everything in all these situations. Joseph could have become bitter while in prison and just sat there angry at the injustice, but he didn’t. He continued to use his gifts… And because of that, he is now elevated to the number two position in all of Egypt. A position created just for him!
Character and integrity are key to walking out this life as a Christian. To not become angry or bitter due to hurts or injustice. To walk uprightly through all situations. Faithfulness is huge. Again, to not become like the Pharisees who loved money and power, sneered at Jesus, and did things that were “detestable” to God.
Lord, Joseph is such a great example of a man who had many opportunities to sin and chose not to. He refused Potiphar’s wife under the toughest of circumstances and her relentless pursuit of him. He didn’t become bitter toward his family or even God for his circumstances. He just kept walking it out. Help me to do that. To just keep walking it out. One day at a time. One step at a time.