The Lord was with Joseph. He was a prosperous man. When Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand, he made him overseer over his house and all that he had. The Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake. Potiphar left all that he had in Joseph’s hand. Joseph was a good man and well favored.
Potiphar’s wife liked Joseph and set her sights on him. She asked him to “lie with her.” Joseph refused and told her that his master, and her husband, had committed all that he had to his care. He reminded her that he was the greatest in his house, and she was Potiphar’s wife. Then he asked the question: “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
Joseph refused to lie with Potiphar’s wife.
I think sometimes we forget that the sinning we do is always a sin against God. Sin is a transgression of God’s law. It is always punishable whether in this life or the next. When we choose the deed, we choose the consequence. Often times we pay here on this side of eternity, but pay day is always awaiting us in eternity unless we get forgiveness of our sin.
Who would openly stand in front of God and blatantly lie to Him? No one. Why you might say, we would be a fool to do that.
Who would deny that God is aware of what we are doing while dwelling here on earth?
Who would say, “There is no God,” hoping to cover their sins, but knowing deep inside their heart, there is a God? Remember the scripture says, “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.”
So, boiling it all down, it is just like the Bible says. Sin is a transgression, a violation, of God’s law. It is, just like Joseph said to Potiphar’s wife, a sin against God. Joseph was going to have no part in it, and neither should we!
We need to keep these thoughts in mind as we live from day to day. It might be cheating on tax returns, picking up something that doesn’t belong to us, a lie, or any other, what we might call, small thing. We know when we sin. We just need to remember it is sinning against God, and I want no part of it. Do you?