Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

Bible Reading:  Genesis 39: 8 -20

Memory Verse:  1 Thessalonians 5:22  “Reject every kind of evil.”


Once I saw a beautiful telescope on a store display. How neat it would be to use it to look at the moon and stars.  When I looked at the price tag, I changed my mind. It was way too expensive.

Potiphar, a captain of Pharoah’s guard, bought Joseph as a slave.  He soon realized that Joseph was a good worker and organizer.  He was so impressed that he put him in charge of his entire household.

Potiphar’s wife also noticed Joseph. She wanted Joseph to be her “boyfriend.” Joseph knew that it was wrong to be the boyfriend of a married woman. The Bible calls this adultery. He refused.

He told her, “No one here has more authority than I do. Potiphar has held back nothing from me except you, since you’re his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

She didn’t give up. Over and over she invited him. One time she grabbed his coat and he ran away.  Upset, she accused him of trying to commit adultery. Potiphar, angry, threw innocent Joseph into jail.

Sometimes we face temptation to sin and it’s hard to resist, especially when temptation keeps coming back. But it really is possible to win against sin.

Joseph’s first thought wasn’t about himself or even Potiphar. His love for God kept him from sinning. The cost was too high. He wanted to please His Lord more than anything he could take from Potiphar.

Joseph was humble too. He didn’t say, “I’m too strong to be tempted.” He didn’t stay around to think about it. He ran away. Running away is sometimes the best way to deal with temptation. Avoid those places where the temptation is strongest.

Joseph had a good strategy when it came to sin. The price tag is just too high.

How about you?

Do you have a temptation that keeps knocking on your door?

How can you use Joseph’s strategy?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, you know the sins in my heart that are the most difficult.  Help me to stand strong and to know when to run. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.