Day 201

A Time of Testing

"And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie with her or to be with her." Genesis 39:10

Joseph was not perfect, but he could not have anticipated the response of his brothers when he visited them in the field wearing his colored coat. They threw him into a pit and sold him to a caravan passing by. His own family had sold him into slavery with no hope of deliverance. In Egypt he was sold to the household of Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh. When Potiphar was out on business, his wife daily coaxed Joseph to sin with her. And why not? God had forsaken him, allowing him to fall into this terrible situation. He was away from home and the moral restraint of his family. Why not take the woman and with her, plot the death of her husband in hopes of taking his place?

Deep in the sinew of Joseph's moral fiber he refused to yield. Sometime before his testing, he must have purposed in his heart to follow the Lord, irrespective of the circumstances. These kinds of decisions you must make before the hour of temptation. When you are in the midst of the test you probably won't have the perspective or resolve to make the decision. You will almost always end up doing what you mentally accept as possible. Lot ended in Sodom because Sodom was in Lot. Where is your line across which you refuse to go? You do well to draw it before your time of testing.

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