She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. Genesis 39:12
The time to buy life insurance is not the day you die. The time to install smoke detectors is not while your house is on fire. And the time to develop convictions about holiness is not in the midst of an emergency. In all those examples, it’s too late. Or, at the very least, it’s much harder after the fact. It’s easier to prevent a crisis than to recover from a crisis.
Somehow, Joseph was prepared for the crises that hit him in Egypt—the most serious being a full-on attempt at seduction and immorality by the wife of his owner, the man who had entrusted everything to Joseph. When Potiphar’s wife tried to tempt Joseph to immorality, he did what Paul would later advise Timothy to do when faced with temptations: “Flee!” (2 Timothy 2:22) Joseph took the only way of escape open to him: He fled! (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Draw a biblical line in the sand today, beyond which you will not go. Don’t wait for the crisis to consider your convictions. The time is now.
No temptation is more frequently before us than that of easing up. Sinclair Ferguson
Joseph: Because God Meant It for Good (Selected Scriptures)