Friday, January 18, 2013

God meant it for good


But as for you, you meant evil against me;  but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as  it   is  this day, to save many people alive. 
Genesis 50:20 

From the natural perspective Joseph's life could have been characterized as an initial tragedy. He had hopes and dreams of doing great things. Joseph had so much potential. Then when his life was just getting started, he was sold as a slave into Egypt by his own family because of their jealousy. Now living in a foreign land, he was framed by his owners wicked wife. The lies she told concerning Joseph got him thrown into prison. While in prison he cared for two prisoners who had served the Pharaoh. He interpreted their dreams. He begged to be remembered and released from his cell for he was innocent. Yet Joseph was again forgotten. It seemed like his life would end in that forgotten prison. However what his brothers meant for evil, God would use for good. What his former masters wife meant for evil, God would use for good.  Every situation that was painful and confusing at the time, eventually became clear. For when Joseph was released and then promoted to the second most powerful ruler in Egypt he looked back on his sorrow and saw the sovereign hand of God at work. 

Only God can turn a curse into a blessing. Only God can take the painful circumstances of life and use it for His glory. And only God can help us to see that He was at work all along the way.