Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 17 (Gen.50; Lk 3; Job 16-17; 1 Cor. 4)

Sometimes people are sinned against in very terrible ways. Joseph was one such individual. At the age of 17 his brothers sold him as a slave in Egypt. This was the beginning of over two decades of various wrongs done to him. I hope by reading through his story you have been able to see just how badly he was treated. Years after his brothers’ atrocious act against him Joseph is talking with them. They are afraid that he will attempt to get back at them for the wrong they inflicted upon him. Notice, however, in Genesis 50:20 how Joseph responds to their fears. He says, “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.” What was he saying by that? He was saying that what they did to him was certainly evil and they should be held accountable. God, however, was not handcuffed by their actions. He indeed was causing something else in their evil act. He was sending Joseph ahead to Egypt in order to save His people. So they “meant” it for evil and God “meant” it for good. They caused it and God caused it. God always works for the good of His people even in the midst of suffering.  We should blanket our minds with this truth daily! Do so today!

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