Bible Study for Christian Women and Pastors Wives: I Am Able to Say No, Part 5
When I finished part 4 of I Am Able to Say No, I thought I would go on to a different I Am. God said "No, keep going."
"Yes, Abba Daddy. Who?"
"Joseph was able to say NO when he left his coat."
"Yes, Abba Daddy."
What strikes me about the Joseph of Genesis is he had so many "I am's." Joseph could easily say: "I am a dreamer. I am adaptive. I am prosperous and everything I touch prospers. I am a hearer of God. I am a forgiver. I am faithful. I am honest. I am a good manager. I am a learner. I am a leader. I am an organizer. I am on time."
"I am on time" is a great segue into "I am able to say no." Joseph managed everything his boss (owner), Potiphar, had, except Potiphar's wife. No one could manage her!
Potiphar was an officer of Pharaoh, a captain of the guard, and an Egyptian. Joseph officed in Potipher's house. There is no doubt in my mind that you could set the sundial by him because he probably showed up at the same time everyday. Which, on this particular day was not a good thing.
Potiphar's wife had had eyes for Joseph for a long time. She was persistent in trying to get him in her bed. He persistently said no to her.
On this particular day, she must have sent all the servants on a proverbial goose chase, because they were all gone from the premises. She grabbed for Joseph and he ran out the door. She still held his coat in her hands.
Scorned again, she begin to lie. Apparently, Potiphar had had trouble with her before because in his position, he could have had Joseph killed on the spot just for the accusation, but he didn't. (Genesis 39.)
Joseph may have lost his coat, but he was able to say no when it was not God saying yes. God never says yes about sin.
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L. Culbreth
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