Falsely Imprisoned

Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison.
Falsely Imprisoned
Where is Joseph's God now, to liberate and rescue him? Why does He desert him? I reply: He is not deserting him but is plaguing him as an example and for the comfort of all the saints, in order that we may learn to persevere, hope, and trust in the Lord—no matter what happens—in much patience, in afflictions, in times of necessity, in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute, as Paul admonishes in 2 Corinthians 6:8. For it is certain the Church and the angels of God are honoring us. Let this suffice for us, and let us not be broken in spirit. If the devil and the world revile us with lies and slanders or kill us outright and destroy us, nevertheless God looks upon our affliction with open eyes; He smiles at us and takes delight in the virtue and victory in our afflictions. Accordingly, we should know for certain and determine that God is not angry with us when we are afflicted. For thus Joseph, too, thought: "To be sure, this prison, confusion, and dishonor are very troublesome to my flesh; but I will look back upon the promises I have heard and the examples I have seen, and in reliance on them I will await help from the Lord."
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