I Cannot Sin Against God
Genesis 39: 8-10 (NIV)
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.
Joseph was entrusted with the whole household of Potiphar. He knew the power that he had, but Joseph knew his place and knew his boundaries. This incident could be a test of Joseph’s faith. In this world, this is a young man’s fantasy of being seduced and having sexual relations. Joseph understood that sinning against other people is ultimately sinning against God. He was entrusted to everything except for Potiphar’s wife.
She was persistent, but Joseph was even more determined not to sin against God. He refused to even be with her. Joseph was a man who ran away from sin. We could learn a lesson from Joseph’s determination to be righteous. He wasn’t just thinking of offending his master. He was most concerned about offending God.
Joseph’s attitude was similar to Jesus when he was tested in the desert by the Devil. Jesus was tempted three times, but he was determined that he will follow the word of God and not sin against God. If I were to look into the thoughts of Joseph, he’s thinking, “No Way! I cannot sin against God!”