But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. from Gen 50

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Joseph had a rough life. As a boy he was sold into slavery by his brothers and then spent years in prison because his master’s wife accused him of assaulting her. And he is forgotten there for a while.

Finally it is God time for him to do bigger things. Joseph is brought before Pharaoh to help interpret a dream. God tells Joseph what to say and how to advice the king through a famine, and Joseph is appointed second in command of all of Egypt. Many years later he is reunited with his family. When his father dies in Egypt, his brothers assume Joseph will finally get his revenge on them. They send a message to him begging for his forgiveness and mercy and Joseph response is one of grace and of God’s sovereignty.

Joseph reminds his brothers that their plans were evil, and they meant to bring ruin to Joseph. But God is bigger than that. He is always our Redeemer. And He can use even the evilest of plans for His glory.

I think we can all think of a time when someone threw you under the bus, or lied about you, or was just plain mean. At least I can. I can vividly remember moments where I felt like all was lost, and it would never get better. But this story rings loudly of hope and of better things to come. God is always moving. He is not thwarted by men. He is God, He is always in control and sovereign. And He can always change something terrible into something good.

Maybe you are in a great season right now. Great! Rejoice in that! Ask God what He wants to do through you in this season. But if you aren’t, if you are in a season that is hard and heartbreaking. There is hope. God is doing something.

God, Thank you that you are always working things out- Making things better for your glory. I declare that even in the midst of hardness you are still saving lives. Make my heart joyous about what you are doing here.

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