Tag: Joseph

Cautious navigators

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“She grabbed him by his garment and said, ‘Sleep with me!’
But leaving his garment in her hand, he escaped and ran from the house.” Genesis 39:12

In contending with certain sins, there remains no mode of victory, but by flight.

He who would be safe from acts of evil–must hasten away from occasions of it.

A covenant must be made with our eyes–not even to look upon the cause of temptation; for such sins only need a spark to begin with–and a blaze follows in an instant!

Who would wantonly enter the leper’s hut–and sleep amid its horrible corruption? He alone who desires to be leprous himself–would thus court contagion.

If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it.

Cautious navigators have no desire to try how near the quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rock without springing a leak; their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a safe channel.

Today I may be exposed to great peril–let me have wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it. The wings of a dove may be of more use to me–than the jaws of a lion. I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company–but I had better leave my cloak, than lose my character!

It is not needful that I should be rich–but it is imperative upon me to be pure. No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule–must turn me from the wise resolve to flee from sin.

I am to resist the devil–and he will flee from me.
But the lusts of the flesh, I must flee–or they will surely overcome me!

O God of holiness, preserve your Josephs, lest Madam Bubble bewitch them with her vile suggestions.

May the horrible trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil–never overcome us!

by Charles Spurgeon

Better to rot in prison!

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

“Practical Lessons from the Story of Joseph”

“How can I do this great wickedness–and sin against God!” Genesis 39:9

“After hearing his wife’s story, Potiphar was furious! He took Joseph and threw him into the prison!” Genesis 39:19-20

Sometimes it costs very dearly to be true to God. Joseph lay now in a dungeon. But his loss through doing right, was nothing in comparison with what he would have lost–had he done the wickedness to which he was tempted. His prison gloom, deep as it was–was as noonday, compared with what would have been the darkness of his soul under the blight of evil, and the bitterness of remorse. The chains that hung upon him in his dungeon, were but like feathers–in comparison with the heavy chains which would have bound his soul, had he yielded to the temptation. Though in a prison, his feet hurt by the fetters–he was a free man because his conscience was free and his heart was pure!

No fear of consequences should ever drive us to do a wrong thing. It is better to suffer any loss, any cost, any sacrifice–than be eaten up by remorse! Better be hurled down from a high place for doing right–than win worldly honor by doing wrong. Better lose our right hand–than lose our purity of soul. Better to rot in prison–than to sin against God!

It was the prayer of a young queen, which she wrote with a diamond point on her castle window, “Keep me pure–make others great.” That is the lesson of Joseph’s victory over temptation: dishonor, loss, dungeon, death–anything before sin!

by J.R. Miller