. . . [Potiphar’s wife] caught [Joseph] by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.” Genesis 39:12
Recommended Reading – James 4:7-8
Singer-songwriter Kate Campbell sings about temptations: “There’s vices and voodoo always enticing you, from the day that you’re born til the day you leave this world. The devil’s got a line for you for sure and 10,000 lures. . . . He’s a master of disguise, he’ll reel you in with power, roaming to and fro seeking whom he may devour.” 1
One of the devil’s “10,000 lures” he cast toward Joseph in Egypt was the wife of Joseph’s master, Potiphar. But Joseph refused to take the bait. He had been absolutely loyal to Potiphar and had gained his complete trust. Not only did Joseph refuse to dishonor God by yielding to sin, he also refused to dishonor the trust Potiphar had extended toward him (Genesis 39:8-9). He was willing to do whatever it took to remain pure in the sight of both God and man. And God blessed Joseph’s commitment.
The first thing to be aware of is what both the songwriter and Scripture writer have said: There will always be enticements to sin. Committing to resist the lure is the first step toward not being caught.
Temptation has its source not in the outer lure but in the inner lust.
D. Edmund Hiebert
1Kate Campbell and Mark Narmore ©1999 Large River Music (BMI) / Starstruck Angel Music, Inc. / Mitchelltown Music (BMI)