GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD

Genesis 50:20
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
Regardless of any tough circumstances you might find yourself in, you know God is in total control, don’t you? I know, I know...you’re thinking, “It doesn’t seem like it!” or, “Well then, He must not love me very much.” Can I extend some quick encouragement? Before you go to these extreme conclusions that will do nothing but harm you, could it be that you aren’t seeing things clearly? Could you be missing what the Bible is teaching you?

You see, we can get upset with God because we don’t like the situation we’re in. Do you see how myopic of a view that is? God, who is all-powerful and all-loving, has promised to use the very situation that you hate! Sure, you don’t see it right this second, but, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. In other words, if you prevent bitterness to settle in your heart towards God, you will someday see a benefit come from your burdens. This is exactly what Joseph did! Unfortunately, he was betrayed by his family. Let’s pause there for just a second. How many people find it inconceivable to recover from that one particular trial? It isn’t easy to feel abandoned and rejected. But, that wasn’t the end of Joseph’s trial. It got MUCH worse! He was rejected by his family AND sold into slavery. Surely, it can’t get much more difficult than that, right? Wrong! After faithfully serving the Lord and his earthly master, Joseph was then falsely accused and unjustly thrown into prison. It’s at this point that the vast majority of humanity would have bitterly turned their backs on God with the mindset that would say, “After all I’ve done for You, this is how You repay me?!” Joseph, however, was the exception! He remained faithful to God and humble to those he was in contact with. After being forgotten about for 3 years, the Lord finally opened the door for Joseph to be the deliverer of an entire nation because of his faithfulness! Please note that God delivered Joseph so that Joseph could serve others.

The point of this incredible story is that God hasn’t abandoned you, He just has better vision than you. He sees what you can’t see. He will use what you’re going through! Don’t grow discouraged or disgruntled. Stay humble, faithful and flexible.

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