Run to Win
Temptation loves to dangle
like a fuchsia flower in fun
Enticing and inviting
until an evil deed is done
Remember Joseph lost his cloak
But he did not lose his way
Better a meal in prison
than with a wayward wife at play
For sin has hidden hooks
that snare and tear at your soul
leaving gaping gashes that bleed
when you could have escaped whole
Rewards are for the winners
who may stumble but rebound
They run the race simply to win
refusing to wallow on the ground.
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. Genesis 39:12
Joseph is one of my favorite Old Testament men. His siblings sold him into slavery because they were jealous. His boss had a wife who falsely accused him and landed Joseph in prison. His prison stay was long, but he rose up in position even there. His upright behavior and God’s power in his life brought him into the second highest position of command in all of Egypt. His trust in God helped save many lives during a severe famine.
I respect Joseph: He was a winner! What do you think? I realize that God can use anyone who has surrendered to Him (regardless of their past) – it’s all about Him!
Who is your favorite Old Testament person and why?
For my friends who are not familiar with the Bible, but are curious, I’d recommend reading the New Testament first – starting in John.
Winner Blessings ~ Wendy
PS – These flowers are from last year’s garden. I’m waiting to see growth on my fuchsia – but it’s still in winter’s prison.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24 b