No one in my master’s house is more important than I am. The only thing he hasn’t given me is you, and that’s because you are his wife. I won’t sin against God by doing such a terrible thing as this.”
(Genesis 39:9 CEV)
When Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, he was taken to Egypt where Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, bought him. Joseph soon found favour with the official, who put him in charge of everything he owned. In fact, the Bible says, “with Joseph there, the only decision [Potiphar] had to make was what he wanted to eat” (Genesis 39:6). However, Potiphar’s wife was the only thing that was withheld from Joseph, and Joseph knew that well. When she tried to seduce Joseph, he reminded her of the fact that she was someone else’s wife and therefore, he couldn’t have her. Joseph knew his limits. He knew what was entrusted to him and what wasn’t. Therefore, he was able to resist temptation. Knowing our limits keeps us from sinning against God. Know your limits.
Knowing our limits keeps us from sinning against God.