Bible Reading: Genesis 39. 1-13
Have you ever been in a place where you know you shouldn’t be? A place where the walls just reeked of temptation? A place that you know that if you do not get out of there soon there is no question you will do something you will regret? I wonder if that’s the place Joseph was when he was in Potiphar’s house. The Bible lets us know that Joseph was a handsome man, but we are not really told what Mrs. Potiphar looked like. I’ll bet she wasn’t ugly. She often made passes at Joseph and he was able to withstand them, but this time…this time must have been much harder for him to control. Instead of refusing her as he had before, the only course of action he saw possible was to run, and that is what he did. He ran out of there as fast as he could. I don’t know if this is the story that Paul had in mind when he wrote Timothy and said “flee youthful lust” (2 Timothy 2.22), but it fits perfectly well. Was Joseph tempted? I am sure he was; he was a red blooded male who was getting the attention of an attractive older woman. It could have been that he knew if he did not run…well, the story may have ended much differently. We have all been in some of those situations where we feel tempted to do wrong. We know that if we don’t get out of there, we just might…no, we will get ourselves in trouble. What are you involved with right now? What temptation has you cornered and is putting the moves on you? Take a piece of advice from Joseph…RUN!