The trials and temptations which besiege young Joseph do not break the godly young man. St. Paul put it this way: “No testing has overtaken you except ordinary testing. But God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability, but when he tests you, He will also bring about the outcome that you are able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 EHV).
When it comes to our trials and temptations, we may wrongly assume that we are unique, that no one else has had to bear the burden we bear, to stand up against the temptation we are fighting, that God has miscalculated the amount of endurance He has given us. The temptation to quit, to desert, is nothing new.
But God’s uncommon grace is nothing new either. God is always faithful, always there in the word, the water and the blood – to pardon, encourage and sustain us. His promises are unfailing. His everlasting arms are always beneath us. Always He grants the way out even when we cannot see it, the ability to bear it, to stand up under it, to bring glory to Christ, and finally to get safely to the other side.