Burning Bridges of Blessings
“So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field” (Genesis 39.5 NKJV).
Joseph found favor in God’s eyes, so God blessed him. Not only did God bless Joseph, He also blessed Joseph’s entire sphere of influence. Joseph was a slave for Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar knew that God was with Joseph, so he made Joseph the overseer of his house. However, Potiphar’s wife consistently harassed Joseph to the point that he finally fled from her presence. She was so obsessed with her own selfish desires that she lied and caused Joseph to be taken from her home and thrown into jail. The irony is that she disposed of the very source of her own blessings. Joseph was the main reason that her household had become extremely prosperous. Many people become consumed with their own skewed desires, thoughts and opinions; and they directly fight the people that God is using to bless them. If Potiphar’s wife would have loved Joseph in purity and truth, her family would have eventually had an alliance with the second most influential man in all of Egypt during the worst drought in history. Instead, she allowed her selfishness and pride to destroy godly relationships and burn bridges of blessings.
“Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense” (Proverbs 18.1 NLT).