Humanity lives in the information age, the age of technology, where we spend most of our time in front of a screen, whether it`s a TV, a computer or a cell phone. As a result, many values were lost, people started to give more importance in the virtual life than the real one and we lost a lot of ability to manage things and to relate to people. We need to be aware of what our position should be in this age, what attitude we have to take when it comes to managing things and relating to people. Jacob`s son Joseph was someone who always knew how to discern these issues very well, when dealing with things and people (see Genesis 39), and his example can help us greatly.
” Joseph found favor in his eyes [Potiphar], and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.” (Gen 39: 4) Imagine: Joseph, from slave to butler. Since Joseph’s relationship with the things he administered was based not only on his skill and honesty, but, above all, on his relationship with God, ” Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. “(V.5) Joseph had many things to manage; He was related to many things, many riches. And he did it very well, to the point of further enriching his lord.
As for the relationship with the people, Joseph was respectful, loyal and faithful. Potiphar’s wife repeatedly “jumped” over Joseph and wanted to sleep with him (v7), but he rejected her every time, mentioning his lord`s confidence in him: ” my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care “(v.8). Although Joseph had no restrictions on the things Potiphar had, there was one person who was not made available to Joseph’s: his master’s wife.
Not wanting to compromise his relationship with Potiphar, much less God, Joseph refused to sleep with Potiphar’s wife and respected her. Respect is something that this generation we live in needs to learn to have, especially those who, for a moment of pleasure, do everything and pay dearly for it, sometimes with their own lives. At the same time, Jose was respectful to that woman, Jose was also loyal to his lord. He knew he couldn`t lose confidence for a moment of pleasure. Finally, Joseph was faithful to God, knowing that it would be a sin against him to sleep with a single woman.
For this, beloved reader, realize that no matter how strong your relationship with things, the most important thing is to not compromise your relationship with people. And remember: things, we manage them; people, we respect and to God we will be loyal and faithful.