In 1998 a movie came out in Germany that I really enjoyed. It was called Lola Rennt. It was called “Run Lola Run” in English. It tells the story of a girl trying to save her boyfriend from a predicament. It received quite good reviews based upon it unique story telling. It basically tells the same story three times with minor twists and turns. But ultimately, the poor actress playing Lola – Franke Potente, spent the whole movie running. In her case she was running to try to get her boyfriend out of trouble. In one of the stories in our reading today we read how Joseph runs to get himself out of trouble. His story can teach us something we can use today – the skill to know when to run.
Today’s Reading: Genesis 37 – 39
Today we being to read about Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons. He is a dreamer and a snappy dresser. You may have heard of his coat of many colors.
He has dreams that tell him in one way or another that one day his brothers and parents will bow down to him. The other brothers do not like this upstart who has Jacob’s heart so they sell him off to slave traders who bring Joseph to Egypt where he gets a job in one of the king’s official’s, Potiphar, home.
While there the Potiphar’s wife tries to make a pass at Joseph. They are alone and she is attracted to him and she makes her move.
Genesis 39:10 – 12a NLT
10 She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. 11 One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. 12 She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!”
This put Joseph into one of those life defining moments, a moment that separates the men of God from the men of the world. He could have easily taken Potiphar’s wife up on her offer, she had been pursuing him for a while and it was obvious it would be very easy to sleep with her.
Joseph stood up to the test and passed, he ran…
Genesis 39:12b NLT
Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.
Run Joseph Run - When confronted with the opportunity to disappoint God, satisfy earthly desires and violate the trust of his employer, Joseph ran. He did the best that he could, he ran. He ran so fast he left his coat behind. Later Paul teaches us that God can make these opportunities to escape from the temptation available to us.
I Corinthians 10:13 NIV
13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
God will provide a way out for you. You will be able to stand up under the pressure of temptation. God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. It is our job to trust God that he is true to his Word, look for the opportunity to get out and run, run run.
Ultimately, it did not work out perfectly for Joseph. But that is a story for another day. Keep reading your Bible and you will find out.