Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
In the middle of our blessings, our calling, or our mission, the enemy will attack at full strength. Joseph had received everything from his master, except one thing. Just like in the Garden the enemy wants us to fixate on the single thing we don’t have. Satan wanted Joseph to look at the master’s wife and think of how great this could be. He wants Joseph to look past all the things God had bestowed on him and see this single thing that his master wouldn’t permit.
8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
Though Joseph denied her, she continued to try… Satan, through her, continued to try. He wants Joseph to let his blessing be eclipsed by this thing. Yet day after day Joseph reminded himself of all the blessings he had received. He preached to himself daily.
I don’t know what God has blessed you with, and perhaps it’s seemingly very little. Regardless, allowing the enemy to shift your focus onto what you don’t have is his tactic for taking away what you do have. If you have very little, hold on to it all the more. The enemy will relentlessly attack because he believes that at some point you will give up. He believes that if he tries “day after day” he will wear you down and at some point you will simply give up. Unfortunately that’s true for many people. The enemy tries day after day and with the carrot dangled in front of them they forsake the things God gave them and strive for the carrot… giving up what they had not realizing that the enemy only offers them a facade. The enemy is actively working to remove EVERYTHING from you, and does it while convincing you that you’re actually reaching for a better circumstance. He shifts our focus on what we don’t have and if we don’t fall prey then he relentlessly continues trying.
Don’t let him trick you. He wants to kill, steal, and destroy yet so many think he is singing a song of MORE GIFTS. He only does so hoping that you’ll cherish them over your current blessings and you’ll let go of God to seek Satan’s facade. Unfortunately Satan consistently fools believers into building his weapons to attack them, and then fools them into thinking its God attacking… Be alert.
Thank You Lord for blessing us with all good things in our lives. Thank You for pouring out Your love even when I am undeserving. I pray that I am able to be thankful for what You have given me rather than focusing on the things I feel are missing. Help me to be prepared, a soldier able to see the attacks of the enemy. Keep me in Your truth, and far from accusing You of not truly loving me.
Someone in your life is focused on what they don’t have. Now having a vision is great, but fixating on possessions or positions over what we have now, that’s poor stewardship. Remind those people (perhaps yourself) that God has given you what you need right now, and expects you to use it for His glory. If you aren’t being a steward with what you have, if you aren’t using what you currently have for His glory, why would He give you more? Additionally, it would be poor parenting if He gave you more. What you currently have has been used to feed your flesh and not glorify Him… meaning it’s an idol… so maybe you, I mean your friend, needs to fix things before they seek “more”.