And his master (Potiphar) saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority…But it happened…that she (Potiphar’s wife) caught him by his garment, saying, ‘Lie with me.’ But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, ‘See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out…–Genesis 39:3-4, 11-14 NKJV
Potiphar’s house is the place where we learn to make difficult decisions in life. It was there the long “middle finger” of God’s hand exerted a higher third level of pressure upon Joseph. Although he was a slave, he was recognized by the captain of Pharaoh’s guard and exalted to a high degree. From his position there I can imagine Joseph almost beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and how all of this could end up working out for his own good after all! Just when he may have been tempted to think it was “safe to go back into the water” of depending on his own gifts and talents to gain success, a dangerous and desperate housewife stepped in between his renewed dreams and their certain fulfillment.
This finger of God is just long enough to bless us, and at one and the same time prevent us from settling for our egotistic ideas of success. In this pressure place, the Lord confronts us with a life changing choice…the temptations of the world or the true riches of heaven! Remember God can reach you in any circumstance, so be a Joseph whether in good times or bad and you will be exalted due course!
This excerpt was taken from Everyday Preparation For Jesus’ Return by Rocky Veach.
About the Author:Rocky Veach is a respected leader, preacher, and pastor within the Christian community. He is best known for his passionate, people-building approach to ministry both in the United States and abroad. Read full biography.