When You Can’t Get What You Want, by Evans Olang

Genesis 39:16-20, “16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; 18 so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.” 19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. 20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison”

One of the most frightening things in my opinion is the damage a tongue can do. James speaks extensively about the tongue, how deadly it is left unattended. Have you ever wondered why God gave us one mouth to speak and two ears to listen instead of the other way round? Yet we find that a lot of people are quick to speak and slow to listen; They jump to conclusions without facts.

Joseph here finds himself in Potiphar’s house, he is serving well even his master can sense something different about him. Of all the servants he had, Joseph was unique; he sensed the Lord was with him. And whatever Joseph did in Potiphar’s house, God blessed it. Then here comes Potiphar’s wife who eyes this young man, wanting something from him, his innocence, and his purity before the Lord. And when she could not get what she wanted, Joseph vowed to be pure before God, she takes something from him to accuse him of something bigger, attempted rape. Now that is a serious accusation.

When you don’t get what you want, how do you deal with it? When I was a teenager, I liked this girl and wanted to go out with her. She seemed to hang out with this other guy more. Instead of accepting the reality of things, I began to slander their names, making other people believe what I said about them I knew to be untrue. What a damage I made I regret till today. That is something that happens even today, it’s easy to slander, lie about someone, tarnish their names because they have something you want but you can’t have. Instead of accepting things the way they are, you turn to frustrate them, lie about them, find people to convince to side with you against such a person. That is what Potiphar’s wife did, because she could not accept the fact that she could not have what she wanted, she purposed in her heart to destroy Joseph by lying about his intentions. She knew that if she could not destroy his purity, her tongue would be sufficient to destroy his reputation. After all, who were they going to believe?

There are certain people if someone told you that they did this and that, you would probably not believe them because you know the character of that person. That may not mean they could never do what they are accused of, their nature, their lifestyle would suggest otherwise. Then there are those whom if you are told of what they did, you would be prompt to say something like this, “I would not be surprised if they did such and such a thing”. Well in Joseph’s case, he is accused of attempted rape, his master is not even stopping to say or even think , “that doesn’t sound like Joseph” so as to find facts and truths to turn upon. The other servants seem to be quiet and it doesn’t seem he’s been given a chance to defend himself. The wife was the bigger influence on the verdict. God who had blessed him and been with him seemed silent when he needed him the most yet knows the whole truth. Who will stand with Joseph? His name is tarnished, he has lost his job, he is going to jail, he is further away from his dream because of false accusation and it’s all because of the tongue that would not accept that she could not have what she wanted and therefore turned to destroy another life. The bible says in Proverbs 12:22, “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight”.

Are you being driven right now to destroy another person’s life through lies because you are unable to get what you want and if you can’t get, then you feel it’s not fair for the other person to have it, be blessed, or prosper while you are miserable? Are you getting people to rally behind you to accept what you say about someone without sharing the true facts or having them do the same? James 1:26, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.” Blessings Ev

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