Be on Guard

July 9, 2016 Kingdom Daily Wisdom

Book: Proverbs 9

“The woman named Folly is brash …She calls out to men going by who are minding their own business.”

Reading this verse reminds me of Joseph in Genesis 39. Joseph had been bought by Potiphar as a slave to work in his home. It says in verse 2, “The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.” This did not go unnoticed by Potiphar and so Joseph was “put in charge of his master’s household and property” (verse 5) and it says, “All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.” Joseph was minding his business which was the business of his master. He was busy and succeeding for his master so much so that it says in the last part of verse 6, “With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat!”

But Joseph had to be on guard because of “The woman named Folly”, also known as Potiphar’s wife! It seems unfair that Joseph would have to deal with this aggressive temptation from his master’s wife when he was just doing his job to the best of his ability. He had not encouraged it, or even pondered it. He just wanted to do his job well and honor the Lord through it. But she on the other hand, had lusted after him and plotted to get Joseph for her own pleasure.

Be aware that when you are minding your own business, especially when God’s favor is upon you, that there will be people who will try to distract you from what God has called you to. They may lust after something that God has blessed you with wanting to use it for their own selfish desires. This is why in Matthew 10:16 when Jesus is sending out His twelve disciples He says “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” Joseph was shrewd but also harmless as a dove.

If everything is going well for you and you sense God’s blessing on your work, ministry, and family, thank God for this and stay on guard. Ask Him to show you any traps or temptations you need to be aware of and ask Him to guide you each day. “Be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.”

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