NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.
Sometimes temptation comes because you are looking for it and sometimes it shows up unexpectedly and surprises you. If meditation is what you put into your mind and play on repeat, premeditation is the forethought that goes into how you hope to respond if the opportunity arises.
I think most of us have a sinking feeling in our gut when we hear about one more victim in the #metoomovement. Every time someone is pressured into unwelcomed sexual activity, we are saddened, sometimes shocked and sometimes angered.
Though sexual advances from a perpetrator can occur impulsively without thought, there is often a premeditative state of having considered the desired outcome and a naïve disregard for consequence.
Listen to what happened to Joseph.
Joseph was in a reoccurring situation of sexual harassment ending in a false accusation against him. He did the right thing but still had to go to prison because of a woman’s lie.
When placed in a similar situation of entrapment, some might reason that doing the wrong thing would be easier. Someone may know it’s wrong to commit adultery, but secretly indulge in an affair. Their mind may be telling them this shouldn’t happen, but their imagination is saying something else.
What is it about Joseph that gave him laser sharp focus to do the right thing?
1. Loyalty – He took his responsibilities seriously and had great appreciation for the one he served. Being trusted and appreciated meant the world to Joseph and he would not want to be disloyal.
2. Confrontation – He confronted the tempter asking her why he would even consider doing something so wicked and sin against God?
3. A Mind Made Up – He had a daily habit of refusing her advances. He had a sober mind about the cost of failure, and he was not prepared to throw his life away.
The tragic reality is that Joseph’s righteousness only increased her efforts to have him. When she reached the point of recognizing that he would not play her game, she turned on him. She accuses him of the very thing that she was doing to him.
But here’s the thing about having a loyal mind… even when it costs you dearly to do the right thing, God does not forget you. You may have to endure, but your heart can remain in God. He has a way of creating a pathway of goodness through undeserved consequence.
Joseph’s laser focus on doing right led to him getting privilege in jail and a readiness for how God was going to use him again. If you are in trouble right now, you need to make up your mind to be loyal to God and to confront that which will destroy you. In saying yes to God, Joseph said no to the temptress.
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