DIGNIFIED DISTANCING

By: Ely Lagajino

…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 may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

Photo by: Paola Villena

​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). 

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