"How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 39:1-9

Joseph—- sold as a slave by his brothers to foreigners, separated from his family and religious heritage, dumped into a scary future with no guarantees and now, alone in the house with a woman who wants to seduce him! All the factors are there for him to throw all caution to the wind! But here is a young man, in the prime of life, resisting temptation because he has a religious, God-given conviction. Even though no one else might have discovered this potential affair, Joseph is living by higher standards in the presence of God.

We all must stop and consider the issue of sin when it attracts us. Do we or don’t we? Have you ever sinned thinking no one would ever find out? Even though no one else knows, God does know! Should this produce fear in us? Most of the time it seems not.

Does God really care? It may be difficult for us to imagine his displeasure, but the Bible says we grieve God when we sin. We must look beyond cultural standards and, instead, see that ultimately we are responsible to God! Like Joseph, we need to ask, “How can I commit this great sin against God?” In this Lenten season we have a wonderful opportunity to examine our convictions about our relationship with God.


Father in heaven, deliver us from all evil that we might not offend you. In Jesus’ name. Amen