Genesis 39

Genesis 39

Genesis 39:1-23

SUMMARY: Joseph’s purity

OVERVIEWJoseph valued his relationship with God higher than personal pleasures or pursuits. By saying ‘no’ to Potiphar’s wife, Joseph says ‘yes’ to God.

BIG IDEASometimes God builds our character than remove us from a challenging environment.

KEY VERSE: Genesis 39:10 (Joseph’s commitment to God)
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.

I will empower you to obey me, run from temptation, put others first, or any other response that shows I am your priority. Try it. You’ll find much satisfaction living for me. In fairness, you’ll enjoy living for yourself, as well. But the gratification is short-lived, and regret usually follows it. Instead, imagine your fulfillment tank always full. Picture your life reproducing self-less servants who honor me and bring hope, healing, and laughter to others. I want that for you, but it comes at a cost.

The cost is your life. When you follow me, you don’t say “yes” to me one time. You become a thrill-seeker because each step of faith will require courage. When you put me first, you can be confident you’re doing the right thing. But when you look around, you may find yourself in a challenging environment. That’s when your faith will be tested. It’s easier to trust me when each decision produces a blessing. But I want you to wait for a future blessing when your obedience seems to create chaos. Don’t be anxious when life gets difficult, because I will always be with you. Trust me, for I am at work.

Choose today whom you will serve: yourself or God. Evaluate the choices you made in the previous twenty-four hours. Were you more interested in serving yourself or God? Confess and commit, as needed. Say “yes” to God today.