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And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Gen. 39:7-9 (NKJV)

Benjamin Franklin rightly said, “An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.”  Being prepared for something is an amazing advantage over simply trying to react to it.  When I think of being prepared, I quickly think of earthquakes.  Being a southern California resident, we know we can have one at any time, and we need to be prepared to deal with multiple variables.  So having plenty of water, food, batteries, flashlights, and a wrench in place to turn off the gas, etc. will serve us well when we find ourselves in need.  By having a plan of action in place it will make our response and ability to cope with what we are facing much more effective.  

I think it is even more imperative to take this principle of being prepared and apply it to our Christian walk. For instance, by prayerfully reading our Bibles daily we are being prepared continually for the various situations we may face.  Satan is continually roaming around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8).  He does this by tempting us to do destructive things to our own lives, and to others around us as well. If we possess the wisdom of God (Prov. 8; Jas. 1:5-8), and are equipped with His protective armor (Eph. 6:10-18), then we are going to be prepared to deal with any temptation coming our way. 

We can see a great example of this in the story of Joseph, as recorded in the Book of Genesis.  The Lord was with Joseph, and he served in the house of Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh.  Joseph sought to please God, and so he purposed to do everything as unto the Lord.  One day Potiphar’s wife came to Joseph and said, “Lie with me.”  Joseph declined, but she persisted over the ensuing days tempting him to be with her sexually.  Finally one day she physically grabbed him by his robe and again made her bid to seduce him, but Joseph immediately fled (Gen. 39:4-12). 

Joseph was prepared for her inappropriate actions, and he never hesitated for a moment. He had prepared for this day by preparing his heart to honor his Lord. Joseph knew that if he acquiesced to her request, his sin would have been against God, and it would have impacted his witness for Him. He could do this because his love for God was greater than anything this world had to offer, and that included Potiphar’s wife. 

If we are going to be successful against the temptations and schemes of the evil one, then we will have to be fully prepared for them. I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Genesis 39:9, how did Joseph respond to Potiphar’s wife, and what did he say to her that would open her eyes to his heart's true desire?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you preparing yourself for potential temptations that will inevitably come your way?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to be prepared for the temptations and challenges that will come your way so that you can act properly and not get caught up in the wiles (schemes) of the devil (Eph. 6:11). 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for this great lesson. Thank You for showing me that I need to be prepared, lest I fall to the wiles of the enemy. Help me to see his lies for what they really are, and to be strong in the power of Your might.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott





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