Genesis 39 (note: I would not read this chapter aloud with young children)
After Joseph’s brothers sold him to slave traders they took him to Egypt where he was purchased by Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard. Because Joseph was faithful to God, everything he was assigned to do went well. Potiphar began to notice this so he placed Joseph in charge of his household and everything he owned. Genesis 39:5 tells us that everything the Egyptian owned was blessed because of Joseph. Potiphar came to see that he could trust Joseph completely so he no longer concerned himself with anything to do with running is home.
But Potiphar’s wife had a bad idea. She wanted Joseph to commit a sin with her. Since Joseph believed in and wanted to please God he refused. Potiphar’s wife got mad and made up a lie about Joseph. Unfortunately Potiphar believed his wife instead of Joseph and put Joseph in prison.
Poor Joseph; he was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and now he gets thrown into prison for something he didn’t do!! But because Joseph followed God and kept trusting Him, God turned this around too. Genesis 39:21-23 tells us that Joseph gained the trust of the warden and continued to have his work blessed. He once again got put in charge of everything around him. When bad things happen to us we can remember to story of Joseph. His brothers and Potiphar’s wife tried to ruin his life, but Joseph kept doing the right thing and trusting God and then God turned it all around for his benefit.
Discuss with your child how sometimes it seems easier to give in to sin now but the long term consequences can be really bad. (It probably seemed easier to Joseph to give in to Potiphar’s wife) This would be a good opportunity to discuss friends wanting your child to try drugs, alcohol or tobacco and the long term consequences of that choice.