We see enticing objects, and we feel the urge to respond. A second helping of chocolate cake. An ad for an item we don’t need and can’t afford. A “click here to see more” online. Temptation lies around every corner.
We often resist temptation as long as someone is looking over our shoulder and says, “Don’t eat that” or “You really don’t need that.” Someone is watching over our shoulder at all times: God!
In today’s study, Joseph modeled what it means to live with that truth in mind: God is watching our every move. Joseph’s aim was to keep himself clean in the midst of a dirty culture. That is our challenge as well.
You may not be tempted in the same way Joseph was, but you will face temptation. We all do. Many of us are tempted to love money; pursue a relationship that could destroy a marriage; envy a co-worker who is experiencing great success; seek the “likes” of other people more than the approval of God. Joseph’s approach to temptation can help all of us.