“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.” (Genesis 50:19-20)
The story of Joseph is one of my favorite stories in Scripture. The reason I love this story so much is because it shows the power of God over evil. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers because they didn’t like the dreams he had about them bowing down to him. They sold him into slavery and Joseph ended up in Egypt. While he was in Egypt, he was thrown into prison for something he didn’t do. He stayed in prison for over two years, but God delivered him out of prison to become second in command of all of Egypt because he was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams with the power God had given him.
Eventually, Joseph was reunited with his brothers and his father, but when his father died, Joseph’s brothers thought Joseph would enact his revenge upon his traitorous brothers. But, the verses above contain Joseph’s response to his brothers’ fears. Joseph learned that God had brought him through all of the trials and sufferings for good. Joseph was meant to go through all of those hardships to get to where he was so that he could help save many lives.
The life of Joseph is a preview of the life of Jesus. What the religious leaders meant for evil by demanding Jesus be crucified God meant for good. The death of Jesus on the cross was necessary to save many lives, those lives who put their faith in Jesus. Satan thought he had won the war, but all that changed when Jesus walked out of the tomb leaving it empty forever. What Satan tried to orchestrate for evil, God turned it into good, for our good.
Question: Do you realize hardships in your life may be ways God is strengthening your faith for your good?
Challenge: Read the story of the life of Joseph and compare it to the life of Jesus.
Prayer: Thank you for turning what is evil for the good for all who love you, Lord.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League