Doing the Right Thing

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 39:1-23

How then could I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (v. 9)

Things were not going well for Joseph. First he is thrown into a pit and sold as a slave to Egypt. And now we see him falsely accused and imprisoned.

Potiphar’s wife is a pathetic person. A woman who was probably neglected by her busy husband, she is attracted to the young and handsome Joseph. Repeatedly she comes to Joseph and propositions him. But Joseph refuses again and again. Joseph has high morals and will not give in to temptation. He knows that to commit adultery would be to do a “great wickedness, and sin against God” (v. 9).

We need more people like Joseph today, people who refuse to do what is wrong because it is wrong in God’s sight, not just because they might get caught. Joseph paid a high price for maintaining his integrity, but God did not forsake him. God was faithful. Even in prison, God prospered Joseph.

Have you ever been falsely accused? Not an enjoyable experience, is it? Joseph’s faith made all the difference. Come to think of it, faith makes the difference every day doesn’t it? As the old hymn puts it, “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”


Lord, help me to do the right thing when I am tempted. Amen.