11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
One last long shot, the enemy pulls Joseph as close as possible. It’s no longer time for just words, it’s time for taking every window of opportunity, every tempting action, and putting them all together. When this happens we must realize we are essentially locking arms with the enemy. He is as close as possible here and wants to intoxicate Joseph leading him to be so weak that there’s no way he will say no! He is grabbing Joseph by the cloak, and inviting him to his full destruction.
13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”
16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”
19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined
When the enemy cannot get you to fall prey to temptation he will find the opportune time to mar your character anyways. He doesn’t care about you finding “hidden joy.” That’s one of his biggest lies: he tries to get us to think there’s some hidden joy in our sinful temptations. When we stop going for that hidden sin it seems like Satan shifts and just wants to tear us down anyways. In this story Joseph denies the temptation and the enemy just finds a time when he can lead someone to lie about Joseph.
Just because you’re obedient doesn’t mean you wont be affected. Just as with Joseph, the enemy will push against you even with no true misconduct on your part. He doesn’t care if you’ve truly done something wrong. What he cares about is ruining your character in front of everyone so that you will either 1) be totally unmotivated because you were chastised for a sin you never even committed or 2) be completely irate with the Lord for allowing you to be punished for something that you are in the right with! The enemy cares about you willfully choosing to turn your back on God, but if he can’t get you there he will try his hardest to cause you to be confused, discouraged, and have no ministry in the eyes of those around you.
One of Satan’s goals is for you to be angry at the Lord when you look at his attacks and feel the effects. Although the Bible makes us aware of this somehow we all too often look at the Lord with broken accusing eyes.
Lord, thank You for keeping me safe! I know the enemy is prowling around looking for moments where he can attack me. Help me to not grow weary when he shifts and starts to tear down my character. Keep me from looking at you with accusing eyes. I know You cherish me, but so often my flesh is weak. Thank You for being patient and merciful when I fail 🙂 Amen.
Many christian’s have problems where their character is being ruined over something they haven’t done. A large amount of those people have become jaded from or upset with the Lord over it. Remind them that even in Joseph’s situation these things occurred! We will see tomorrow that the Lord was still with him 🙂 That’s what they need to hear/preach to themselves!!