6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. 11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants.“Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.” 16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”
8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife.
Those three words “But he refused” make me very proud of Joseph’s response to temptation. Don’t be fooled by how easy those three words make it sound. There’s no “just do it” lecture here. Temptation is being trapped “between a rock and a hard place,” a nasty situation. Joseph recognized the trap and he was smart enough to run.
The longer temptation goes on the tougher it gets, until you’re in its vise-like grip. Don’t let temptation fool you into believing that you can keep the situation under control. That’s the very thing James warns us about in 1:14. “Temptation is the pull of man’s own evil thoughts and wishes.” Don’t trust your own strength and resolve, sometimes you just have to tear yourself away and run! There may be circumstances in your life that bring to mind rocks and hard places. I’ve got good news for you. You can run from that hard place and “Go to the Rock of our Salvation.” That’s a BIG difference and that’s worth running to!
Lyrics of the Chorus from I Go to the Rock by Dottie Rambo
I go to the rock of my salvation
I go to the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me
When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ the solid rock I stand
When I need a shelter
When I need a friend I go to the rock