For the next two weeks, I am going through “The Best Yes” alongside a certain set of Scriptures to help me gain deeper insight from this study.
Today’s Scripture is Proverbs 22:3.
“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
Are we going to be people that are aware, and take precautions? Or, will we be the ones constantly caught in traps? Our decisions lead us in our future, but they also leave an impact. They help us to know the road on which we are heading. As we make decisions, we need to cling to Christ and look at what the Bible has to teach us about decisions and how we can live wisely.
Yesterday in Sunday School, we discussed Joseph and his “run-in” with Potiphar’s wife (see Genesis 39:11-15). She continually went to him day after day, attempting to get him to sleep with her. If he was not prudent, he would have slipped up and possibly given into his woman’s foolish desire. He had to be prayered up, in order to deal with so much. Now Joseph, a man of God, went through a lot. But even though he went through a lot (betrayed and sold by his brothers, enters a foreign land, becomes a slave, and constant temptations with his master’s wife), he stayed faithful. How can we know he stayed faithful?
Joseph reveals that he was faithful to God before and during the temptations of Potiphar’s wife. First, Joseph is put in charge of Potiphar’s household, because the Lord was with him. Joseph had a powerful witness, for God gave him success in everything! Joseph served in Potiphar’s household for eleven years, which meant many opportunities for her to tempt him to sleep with her… At the end, Joseph ran from this woman- even leaving his coat behind. We need to run from danger and use wisdom to avoid consequences in our decisions.
Joseph’s Resolve. No matter what, Joseph stayed faithful to God and he even told Potiphar’s wife that he wouldn’t sin against God. He knew what was at stake. Will we? When life is good, we forget what is at stake. We need to carefully make our decisions, and realize what is at stake when we either say “yes” or “no” to a decision that must be made. Joseph knew his best yes was to say “no”. It wasn’t just about a decision, but it was a resolve to serve God and glorify the Father.
Sometimes we make a decision and it’s no big deal. Joseph’s decision was bigger than that. He knew what would glorify God, and he walked in the way that he knew God would be honored. We need to run from danger. We need to run from those bad situations. That is exactly what Joseph did- he ran.
2 Timothy 2:22 reminds us to “flee from evil”. Many decisions aren’t against evil things, but some are. Flee from the appearance of evil, and use wisdom.