As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:20-21
One of my favorite Bible passages is Genesis 50:20 because it illustrates a godly principle. The suffering we endure as Christians often times has Divine purpose. Joseph realized that the harm that was purposed against him, actually turned out to be something God superintended for good. This idea is restated by the apostle Paul in Romans 8:28, ‘God causes all things to work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose’. I feel bad for those who do not love God and who are not called according to His purpose – their suffering is in vain.
What have I endured over the years that God has redeemed and used for the salvation of others? Am I providing for little ones.. and offering comfort and kindness?
God, what a capstone on Joseph’s life and journey and spiritual growth. I love how his heart of compassion and how wisdom pours forth from his mouth. I can see that difficulty and suffering were the crucible in which this gold was refined. As I make my way through this day, would You give me the wisdom I need for the varying situations I am managing. Oh to be a good steward in Your house, that’s my desire.