You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20
I woke up at 4.am with the first part of this scripture running through my mind. There are a few things ‘kicking off’ in my life at the moment, and I’d found myself becoming a bit distracted with them. These encouraging words refocused me.
I love the story of Joseph; I love how God in His great faithfulness took hold of the evil plots that Joseph’s own brothers had hatched against him and Joseph’s subsequent years of hardship, slavery and imprisonment and worked all of these into unimaginable favour and blessing.
Do you find yourself in a tough season right now?
In many ways you and I have something in common with Joseph. Joseph’s brothers hated and resented Him because he had the father’s love, affection and favour.
We too have an enemy who hates us because we have our Father’s love, affection and favour, which He lavishes upon us, His children.
From that moment you put your faith in Jesus, Hell took up arms against you, ‘intending evil’ against you. But this is not a frightening prospect because we know that no matter what comes our way, our God, in His unfailing love and faithfulness can and will turn every situation around for our good.
Romans 8:28 tells us: ‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.’
This is possibly one of the most quoted and preached about scriptures. It’s one of my staple ‘go to’ passages to read whenever I’m facing hard times. But I’ve noticed that people often focus on the second part – the Lord working things together part, which is wonderful, and true, but bear with me and let’s have a look again at the first three words of the verse: “and we know…”
‘And We Know…’
Do you? Do you really, really know it? I have to ask myself that same vital question. Do you truly know, in other words, believe, absolutely, that God will do this? That He will take your upside-down, ‘messed up’, confusing, sad, lonely, misunderstood, anger-filled, or anxiety riddled situation, and turn it completely around, causing it to work together for your good?
Why would He do that for you? Well, firstly because He loves you beyond measure, and secondly because He says in His Word that He will do this, and our God is a God who keeps His promises. We can know and rest assured in this great truth!
I’m sure as the years went by, Joseph must have felt at times that he would be a slave forever. As he lay in prison, I wonder did he think he’d never get out. And all the while, God was working out His great plan for Joseph – setting the scene.
God will lead you through this time. You will step out of the other side of this valley – this difficult season – in God’s perfect timing.
Don’t doubt for a moment that our Great God is working out His perfect plan, even right now as you read this. And who knows what lives may be touched for His Kingdom’s sake, because of your faithfulness and steadfastness in your difficult season?
And you will be able to say, like Joseph “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people”. Genesis 50:20