“And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.”
Joseph’s garment seemed to be the source of his pride. It goes back to when his father made him a coat of many colors. This was the coat that his father gave him because he was the favored child. That coat seemed to give Joseph a sense of arrogance that caused him to tell his brothers about his dreams of them serving him. He used that coat as his tool to get his way.
However, we see that God began to peel back the pride of Joseph by using that coat. When Jacob sent Joseph to see how his brothers were doing in the field, they contrived a plan to sell him into slavery. After selling him into slavery, they stripped him of his coat and tore it into pieces to present to their father as proof that he was torn to pieces by a wild animal. They said in Genesis 37:32, “And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.” Their hatred for Joseph and his coat was the very source of Joseph’s pride; however, it was the source of his pride that they chose to take from him.
In the verse above, we see the coat coming back to get Joseph again. In spite of his initial pride, he still had the character to work hard, which resulted in his promotion to head slave. When his master’s wife attempted to commit adultery with him, he refused. The verse above shows that she was so adamant about this affair that she “caught him by his garment.” It was at this moment that Joseph “left his garment in her hand, and fled.” It was this final moment in Joseph’s life of leaving his garment when God was able to begin working His miraculous plan through his life.
My friend, what is your coat of pride? What is it that causes you to look at how good you are in some area? Everyone has the coat of pride, but let me remind you that God will never be able to do the work through you that He desires until that coat of pride is gone. Many believers tend to hold onto the coat of pride only to see it drive a wedge between them and those whom they could help. If you are not careful, you are going to find that your enemies will use your source of pride against you to destroy you.
However, when you come to the bottom of pride is when God begins His miraculous work through your life. It was when Joseph left his garment that within a few years he was promoted to second in command in Egypt. I seriously doubt that Joseph would have made it to the top had he clung to the garment. It was when Joseph left his garment that he became a person who helped those around him. When pride was removed was when he could see the needs of others to be able to help them. This all happened because he left his garment.
My friend, it is time you leave your garment of pride so that God can begin to do the work through your life that He placed you on Earth to do. You can willingly leave your coat of pride and miss the heartache that pride causes, or you can cleave to the coat of pride and have it stripped from you. If you choose to cleave to your coat, God will then be forced to remove it from you. My advice is to willingly leave your coat of pride and in humility serve the LORD and others; it is then that you will find God’s mighty hand working through you.