Running From Temptation

Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 39-41; Luke 16

Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 39:1-12


Joseph had come a long way since being sold into slavery by his brothers.  He was now in charge of Potiphar’s entire household in Egypt.  Everything that belonged to Potiphar was entrusted to Joseph’s care, with the obvious exception of Potiphar’s wife.  His wife, however, began to take notice of Joseph and continually asked him to go to bed with her.  Joseph remained firm in his faith, because he knew that if he gave in to temptation he would be sinning against himself, Potiphar, and Potiphar’s wife.  More importantly, he knew that sleeping with her would be a sin against God.  We see in verse 10 of today’s key passage that Joseph refused to “even be with her” as he attempted to avoid temptation altogether.  Potiphar’s wife, though, waited for the most opportune time to attempt her temptations of Joseph, and when she found a time when all of the other servants were out of the house she attacked Joseph.  She grabbed him by the cloak and attempted once again to tempt Joseph into going to bed with her, but Joseph slipped out of his cloak and ran out of the house.

This is the way the temptation to sin usually works.  More often than not, sin tries to find the most opportune time to tempt us, and more often than not sin is very persistent in trying to tempt us.  As followers of Christ, most of the time we are able to identify these temptations.  It does not matter what type of sin we are talking about – we know what sin looks like and we know that giving into these temptations is a sin against not just ourselves but God himself. When we are strong in our faith, we are able to resist these temptations by simply refusing to give in, as Joseph did many times with Potiphar’s wife.  Sometimes, though, simply refusing to give in might not be enough.  Because we live in a world full of sin, we are likely to find ourselves in situations where we might need to take more drastic action – we might need to run away.  In some cases, running away might be figurative, but in other cases, we may literally need to run away from a situation.  In these times of temptation, the greatest defense we have is the Word of God.  Our relationship with Him gives us the strength and courage to overcome any temptation.  It is His power working in us that gives us to ability to refuse sin, and it is His guidance that tells us when we need to run away.  His power and guidance are always with us.  When faced with these situations, all we have to do is listen to Him and follow where He leads.

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Posted on January 16, 2014, in 01 - Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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