Genesis 50:19-21 NIV 2011
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. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
Joseph’s story began in Genesis 37. He was the first-born child of Jacob and Rachel, Jacob’s eleventh son. His older brothers were jealous due to the perceived place he held in his father’s heart. They sold him into slavery. God used that for His good purposes. Joseph’s faith in God helped him forgive his brothers as he saved his people from famine by inviting them to live in Egypt. What is meant for evil, God will always use for His good.
Reading through the book of Genesis, I’ve always enjoyed reaching chapter 37. I think of it as the rest of the story. God used different ways to point His people back to Him. I’ve seen this in my life as well. Even when bad things happen to me, He is constantly there, guiding me back to Him. The times I’ve been unfaithful, He consistently remains faithful. When the world around me appears to be crumbling before my eyes, I’m confident daily God will use everything for His good.
How do I reflect His goodness in my life?
God uses all things for His good,