Weekly Devotional | April 6, 2017

God meant it for good

Seth Buchner picJoseph’s life was a series of trials and misfortune. His life was marked by many valleys and few mountains. As a child he was mistreated badly by his siblings. The Bible details the hatred and cruelty of his broth­ers. Slavery is one of man’s greatest evils, and Joseph was made a slave. Prison is hard enough when you are guilty, but Joseph went to prison be­cause of a lie. In prison he sat forgotten for years.

On the other hand, the story of Joseph takes a different turn. He is taken out of prison and lifted to a position of power and prominence in Egypt. Joseph is reunited with his brothers, and God uses Joseph to bring his brothers to repentance. Joseph has a joyful and tearful reunion with his father.

The one thing that holds true through all the highs and lows: God meant it for good! One of the greatest attributes that Joseph displayed was the faith to realize this. Joseph’s brothers were terrified that he would retaliate against them, but Joseph refused. Genesis 50: 19-20; “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

In our lives there are no accidents…

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