Pastor Alvin Louie continued his series on the life of Joseph this Sunday. When we last saw Joseph in Genesis 37, his brothers decided to sell him to some Midianite merchants who were on their way to Egypt. Pastor Al emphasized three movements in this chapter. The first movement: Joesph rises again! After first being sold by his brothers, Joseph is re-sold as a slave to Potiphar. Step by step Joseph is getting closer to Egypt.
Even as a slave though, "The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered" (Genesis 39:2) and soon Joseph was promoted to be an overseer. But this leads to the second movement in this chapter: Joseph's sexual harassment.
We are told that Joseph was well-built and handsome. Unfortunately though, this attracted the unwanted attention of Potiphar's wife. Joseph was firm in his convictions and was able to flee temptation. This event leads to the third movement in this chapter: Joseph's unjust imprisonment.
Potiphar believes his wife's accusations against Joseph and puts him in prison. While in prison, Joseph rises again! "But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden." (Genesis 39:20) Joseph bounces back because the Lord is with him.
What conclusions can we make from this chapter in the life of Joseph? Bad things can happen to good people. But Joseph had an unshakable faith in God. The key to Joseph's success was that the Lord was with Joseph. The Lord was with Joseph as Joseph kept firm to his convictions to flee from sin. The closer you are to God, the stronger is your resistance to sin.
This week may we know the strength and presence of our God in the midst of difficult circumstances. May God gives us strength to flee temptation and to draw closer to Him.