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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Genesis 39:5-15(NASB)
5 It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house on account of Joseph; thus the LORD'S blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. 6 So he left everything he owned in Joseph's charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 7 It came about after these events that his master's wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me." 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. 9 "There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?" 10 As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. 11 Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. 12 She caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me!" And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. 13 When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them, "See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed. 15 "When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside."
This is a good example of what to do with temptation at the workplace-stay as far away from it as possible. We're not typically getting a come-on from the boss' wife, but there are plenty of other workplace temptations that we can get sucked into. At minimum, we shouldn't participate in sinful behavior in the workplace, like gossip and off-color humor, and seek to avoid its presence alltogether. I remember when my father came to the Lord, he stopped hanging out in the teacher's lounge, opting to avoid a spiritually toxic environment; it didn't help his job appraisals, for he now fell into the catagory of "not being a team player." Just put down the skunky moral situation and quickly back away.

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