Saturday, March 15, 2014
Oh be careful little eyes...
In the last post, we learned from Lot's impulsive wife how important it is to place ourselves in a position where our parents/husband can keep an eye on us. Being "under the radar" where our authorities don't really know what's going on in our lives creates a huge vacuum of security. The resulting insecurity from feeling overwhelmed and alone in our problems can be enough to push us over the edge so our wild emotions override our good sense: wild emotions that are as unpredictable as a pack of wild dogs.
On the other hand, some emotions don't feel...dangerous. Even when they are.
Sometimes wild emotions can feel really good, even when they are as dangerous as a smooth, muscular boa constrictor gently winding its way around our neck. Today let's meet a woman who completely ignored her good sense (if she had any) in favor of her steamy, passionate feelings.
Before we meet this woman, first let's meet her crush. Joseph was a good-looking servant, a foreigner who had been sold by his brothers as a slave. Interestingly, he was sold for ten less pieces of silver than the Messiah was centuries later.
Although far from home, Joseph was extremely successful in his new position as a slave. And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out. And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
Whew. What a woman. When her husband came home, she wept dramatically and railed on her husband for hiring this Hebrew villain. Joseph was thrown in the dungeon. It seemed his life was over.
Can you imagine what kind of woman it would take to hurt a man like that? Brace yourself: the truth is, any of us are capable of destroying a man of God in such a wicked way. Yes, me. Yes, even you.
Have you ever been infatuated? If you have and you tried to stop it, you may have discovered why some people consider it as powerful an addiction as any. Your mind may be able to give seventy-two reasons why this IS NOT RIGHT, but when you look into those EYES, your resolve to forget him melts like Nutella in the microwave. Don't feel alone, either; there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful... If you've never been infatuated, hang on...your time may be coming!
When you are running short on SOBERNESS, it's not that you don't have sense enough to know this is bad, it's just that your wild emotions are running the show and they ain't in the mood to listen to reason.
You might be surprised how many good, godly men of God have left everything--wives, children, churches, and friends--because some woman like Potiphar's wife was successful in her determination to get a man to notice her. Sure, some of those women were pure evil. But I bet some of them started out like you or me: just going about their business when WHAM! they stumbled across a sparkling perfect specimen of godly goodness wrapped up in a neat male package.
It's so easy for us to demonize others when we have yet to experience what they have. God is so kind to have given us true stories that we can look to and learn from, humbly realizing that we are just flesh and blood, capable of anything anyone else is. Oh, may the knowledge of our frailties make us run to Jesus for grace to get through TODAY! Jesus' blood has provided the power for us to be free from every sin, and His word has provided stories of women whose redemptive value may be found in their examples to us of what NOT to do!
So...what can prevent us from following in their footsteps? What was the spark that led Mrs. Potiphar's lust to eventually detonate in Joseph's face?
The Bible says, "...his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph..." The step that set it all in motion was just a look. She cast her eyes on the young hero. He was successful, everything he did turned out, her husband was impressed with him...and she was too.
What could have prevented her from casting her eyes on Joseph? Simple. I bet you know, don't you? Here's what I think: she should have had her eyes cast on her husband.
If she had been wowed by Potiphar, the Hebrew slave would have been merely another example of her husband's perfect judgment in running his affairs. (But no, in the end she BLAMED her husband for hiring Joseph!) It's mighty hard to gaze at two things at the same time.
So, instead of thinking and dreaming about the man you shouldn't have, fill your mind with your own authority. Dream about your own husband. Worship the God who deserves for us to cast our eyes on Him! Toss the celebrity mags and delete your Facebook account if it is too much for you, sure, but mostly, fall in love with the right person so there will be no hunger for the wrong one! Fill up with wholesomeness so the junk will make you feel disgusted!
And above all, Cry out for wisdom. Cry out for God. He loves you and his ears are open to hear you cry out to Him. Jesus shed his blood so that he could righteously hear and answer poor sinners like you and me. He is not waiting for you to mess up. He is waiting for you to look up.
Maybe you have messed up. Maybe he was a godly man and you have shamed yourself. Maybe he was just an average Joe, but by your impropriety you have caused him to fall. Your life is not over. Look to Jesus Christ and live! The Lord still can pour grace on you...and remember, the Lord was with Joseph, even in the prison. She wasn't able to ruin his life. The Lord was with him.
Just as He is with you if you will let Him be.
Let's cast our eyes on our OWN husbands reverently!