A boundary I will not cross
“‘There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?’ As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.” (Gen. 39:9-10)
Joseph didn’t know it yet, but God sent him to Egypt to provide a wall of protection between the famine and his family. Joseph’s ability to submit to the limitations of his environment and of his God eventually enabled him to bestow generous blessings on those he loved. Joseph knew the value of walls. Not everyone around him shared his appreciation.
Potiphar’s wife almost derailed God’s purpose for Joseph. She, who had never learned boundaries, propositioned him expecting he would have tired of the walls he endured. “How could Joseph say no to the open gate I put before him?” she thought.
So imagine her dismay when the man who had previously refused none of her demands had the gall to say “NO” to this one. We do not know how strong Joseph’s temptation was. We do know the strength of his wall. It held. Persistent bombardment could not bring it down, nor could it produce any cracks. His wall went up long before it came under attack.
As a Watchman, the most important wall you guard is the wall you build around yourself. You can’t protect them if your wall goes down. Determine some boundaries in your life that you refuse to cross. Don’t wait until you’re under attack to evaluate your defenses. By then, it will be too late.
“Father, strengthen the barriers I have established for my protection. If I fall, how will I ever be able to help those you’ve put in my care? There a boundaries I will not cross.”
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