She [Potiphar’s wife] called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house.” Genesis 39:14-15
Potiphar’s wife attempted to seduce Joseph, not once, but day after day. Her frustration grew. A woman spurned can be dangerous. And so she proved to be. When Joseph fled from her presence, she grabbed his tunic and the charade began. She concocted a convincing story where she was the victim and Joseph was the sexual aggressor. Her cries amidst very artful storytelling put Joseph in prison.
There is a day of discovery coming when all people will be revealed for who they are. No more pretenses. The exposure will shock some who were once fooled by them but it will be a comfort for others who were their innocent victims.
For now, many deceive. If you are being harassed and betrayed by someone others admire, if you have been falsely accused and presently suffer a ruined reputation, you are not the first believer to suffer such things. Perhaps you have lost everything. God is with you just as He was with Joseph. There will be advancement in your future, if not here, then in heaven, and no plot against you can thwart it no matter how convincing the lies spoken against you.
Did you know that sometimes the exposure can come early through the prayers of God’s people? If there is a wolf among the sheep, if a spiritual charlatan is leading the church astray, I can pray for the truth to be revealed. I can ask God to prevent the deceiver from spinning his tales. I can also ask God to remove the demonic glitter that makes him convincing to the crowd so that he is seen as he is. Have I seen this happen? Numerous times.
I can also pray that the untrue person intent on hurting others will tell on himself. At some point, he often feels a need to boast about his ability to control and manipulate. He just can’t help himself and will often tell me who he is.
What do I do while I wait for the truth to be revealed? Until the unveiling happens, waiting is involved. I ask for the grace to suffer well. I remember that Jesus walked the road of betrayal most of all. He was spurned, lied about, accused unfairly, and eventually crucified for calling himself God. He told the truth but most couldn’t see it. TRUTH hung on a cross while waiting for God’s vindication and advancement to glory.
God promises grace. It is this grace that enables me to soar on eagle’s wings while vendettas are being waged against me. I don’t need to wallow in the mire of bitterness. I am seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus and am already vindicated in heaven’s court. Jesus is pleading my case and He never loses.
My peace is not dependent on whether justice has yet been done. Peace is knowing that justice will be done and I can be as sure of it today as if it’s already happened. This is faith at its best, fueled by the assurance that the promises of God are never nullified.
Come Holy Spirit, and reveal all things. While I travail in hopeful waiting, don’t let my spirit become jaded. Amen