Long before Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria and the girls of Wisteria Lane was this lady. She was the first desperate housewife. The bible doesn’t tell us her name, just that she was Potiphar’s wife. When she laid eyes on Joseph (not the pool boy, but a servant in Potiphar’s house) she saw a young man who was handsome from head to toe.
She grabbed him by the hand and said, “Come to bed with me.” What red-blooded man wouldn’t these days? She was the bosses wife, and she had the hots for him.
But Joseph was not your typical red-blooded man … he was a man of God so he refused her advances. The bible tells us that “…she kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and so he wouldn’t even go around her.”
“One day, however, no one else was around when Joseph went in to do his work. She came and grabbed him by his cloak demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, leaving his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.”
What an amazing story! Now there’s a hero for you. Despite the pressure, Joseph chose to do what was right. I think the story of Joseph teaches three ways to overcome any kind of temptation (especially sexual temptation) …
- Joseph flat refused. He didn’t debate the pros and cons of having sex with her. He simply said, “No way!” Next time Satan throws some temptation at you that looks good, don’t debate it … just refuse.
- Joseph steered clear of the temptation. Why go around something that tempts you? Instead, simply steer clear of whatever it is that’s tempting you. Whether it’s the adult movie channel, the computer, magazine subscription or a person … whatever your temptation is … steer clear of it!
- Joseph ran. Sometimes it’s best to just run. Don’t worry if it seems rude or unkind… just RUN!
Samson was the strongest man in the Bible; Solomon was the wisest man in the Bible; and David was the one called “a man after God’s own heart, but all three of them struggled with sexual temptation AND LOST. Don’t fall for the desperate housewife. Be a Joseph!
The story above is a portion of this last Sunday’s sermon. You can hear the entire “Desperate Housewife” sermon by clicking here!
For a few more ideas on overcoming sexual temptation click here!
If you want to read the bible story yourself, you can find it by clicking here!