The trials and temptations which besiege the life of young Joseph do not break the godly young man. God’s promise given through St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:13 comes to mind: “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.”
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. We presume to tell our Maker when we have had enough. The temptation to quit, to desert, is nothing new.
Such temptations are common to mankind. 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.
God knows what each of us can handle. Neither to Noah, all alone in his storm-tossed ark, nor to Abraham trudging up Mt. Moriah to offer his son, nor to Job sitting on his heap of ashes, nor to David running for his life from Saul, nor to Paul in his dark dungeon, nor to Luther with a price on his head, nor to you or me – does our Father give more than He has equipped us to handle. 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.