In Genesis 38 and following, Joseph experienced three degrees of apparent disfavor from the Lord, but he maintained faith through each and saw the Lord’s hand along the way…
As I write (7/6/2005), I’m sitting in a condo on Amelia Island, Florida, after a long day of deep-sea fishing (mostly on the part of my family as I paid penance to the sea and her waves). The beach and ocean can be wonderfully beautiful and awesomely powerful when untainted by the world. Nevertheless sin can turn such a paradise into a true temptation island.
On that account, I turned yesterday to Genesis 38 and following to read about the life of Joseph. Joseph experienced three degrees of apparent disfavor from the Lord, but he maintained faith through each and saw the Lord’s hand along the way as he was elevated even in prison. And while in the high position of Potiphar’s personal servant, Joseph fled temptation as it called to him daily, even when the right course of action sent him to prison. Scripture says that he was handsome and obviously attractive to those around him. Even with that, he did not use it to his fleshly advantage but dedicated himself to God.
I would love to write out the many applications of Joseph’s life, and perhaps the Lord will grant that time in the future. For now, think on his life, read Genesis 38 and following, and seek the Lord in holiness.
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