…God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you maybe able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
As a handsome, well-built youth, Joseph was sold to a prominent official in Egypt. Potiphar, the captain of King Pharaoh’s guards, and his wife bid the highest.
Joseph’s diligence, energetic spirit, and honesty impressed Potiphar that he made him chief attendant of his household, entrusting to him everything he owned. Potiphar believed that the prosperity received by his family happened because of Joseph’s presence (Genesis 39:3, 4).
Like any other youth, Joseph was exposed to many temptations such as Idol worship, attractive nightlife in the city, and beautiful women. He could easily spend time on those appealing vices when off duty. But Joseph remained faithful to God and did not hide his identity as a worshiper of Jehovah, the living God.
At first, Mrs. Potiphar was very friendly to Joseph. But when he refused her advances, she became furious. She wanted vengeance because she was insulted by Joseph, who was running away. Joseph fled from temptation, the moment he realized it. The most dignified thing he knew was to escape as fast as he could to keep distance and avoid any confrontation with evil. Potiphar’s wife pursued him and was able to grab part of Joseph’s shirt. She used it as evidence for sexual harassment (Genesis 39:6-12).
Potiphar could, effortlessly, put Joseph to death, but to save the life of his once trusted servant and his marriage as well, he threw Joseph into prison instead. God had not abandoned Joseph’s faithfulness. He had plans for him (Genesis 39:1-20).
Ely Lagajino graduated AB Social Science from Adventist University of the Philippines. He earned his way through high school and college as a working student. The stories and articles posted in scribe.ph are testaments of God’s leading in his life through serving and associating with various communities and individuals, Bible study, research, and careers that have spanned more than 5 decades. Ely and his wife Elmie who edits his articles, along with their five children who serve in the allied health and business professions, just love to share Jesus to the rest of the world, while waiting for His soon return.