In His hands
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.” Genesis 50:20 (NKJV) “
God is a great redeemer. In His hands, bad is transformed into good.
Just look at the life of Joseph. As the obvious favorite of his father, his older brothers plotted to get rid of him by selling him into slavery to caravan of traders heading to Egypt.
Things only seemed to get worse. Joseph was sold to a man named Potiphar, whose wife tried to seduce Joseph. When he resisted her advances, she accused him of attacking her. Joseph was sent to prison, where he remained in chains.
At this point, doesn’t the crime that Joseph’s brothers committed against him appear purely wicked, evil, and bad?
But the story doesn’t end there. As it turns out, Joseph interprets a dream for a fellow prisoner, who eventually brings Joseph’s ability to the attention of Pharaoh, who had a disturbing dream of his own. Joseph interprets the Pharaoh’s dream, and is promoted to second in command over Egypt. And because of his powerful position, Joseph is eventually able to save his family (including his brothers) from a life-threatening famine.
Towards the end of his life, Joseph looks back at the bad his brothers did to him and says, “But God meant it for good.” Again, God is a great redeemer, and in His hands, bad is transformed into good.
When it comes to the things in your life that appear to be totally and utterly bad, remember there’s a “But God” that changes everything. Despite how negative and unredeemable something looks, God is able to take that thing and turn it into something that’s good for you.
“I can’t possibly imagine how ______ can be good for me!” Don’t try to. Entrust that to the incredibly creative redemptive power of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NKJV)
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?