August 28, 2006

Who's in Charge?

Genesis 39

"How ... could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" Genesis 39:9


It's easier on Sunday than on Monday to see that God is in charge. Today, school will begin again for some, while others will return to the office, job site, or other weekday routines. But the question that will shape our day is "Who's in charge?"

The first temptation faced by Adam and Eve--and the one Joseph was facing--was an invitation to be in charge, to be like God. In Genesis 39:7 the words are more like "My husband is gone; come join me!" Day after day, Potiphar's wife tempts Joseph not to see Potiphar as his master, and not to see God as God.

Joseph could have turned his back on God, but despite his circumstances he testifies by his life that God is in charge. Joseph lives in a strange land with strange customs where the people worship other gods. He is now a slave rather than the favored son in his father's household. Despite all this, Joseph proclaims by his words and actions that God is in charge.

Today on the playground, at the job site, in the office, in the marketplace, or at home, we'll be tempted to place ourselves in charge. To be a Christian means that we not only take the name of Christ with us but that we serve a Master far greater than ourselves. The circumstances may not be easy. They were not easy for Joseph.

How will you show who's in charge?

Lord, help us to live each day under your direction. Forgive us when we stray, and lead us back to your protection and care. Guide our steps, words, and actions. Amen.

About the author — Julius T. Medenblik

Rev. Jul Medenblik is a former attorney who was called to pastoral ministry and became the founding pastor of a church in New Lenox, Illinois. He is currently serving as president of Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jul and his wife, Jackie, are blessed with a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Julianne.

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