faith, Genesis Series

Genesis 50 But God…

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 50.

Meditate on Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” 

Joseph knew God personally. Upon the return of the brothers from burying their father in Canaan they send a message to their Joseph to forgive them for how they treated him.

Joesph wept. He wept because they truly did not understand the level of forgiveness God had walked Joseph through.

God uses suffering and the brokenness of humans to bring about our awareness of His goodness. It is in the stark contrast of the valley held up against His goodness to us that we can clearly see how desperately we need Him.

What the brothers meant for evil God used for good for Joseph and everyone around him.

And what the enemy means for evil for us here on earth God is using to show us how we need His good plan of forgiveness and for all of us to be restored to Him. We can take heart when we are hurt more than we can bear to forgive because God is waiting to intercede and we can know His goodness and forgiveness personally and that many lives will be saved.

Prayer: Thank you Lord that you can turn the bad things around in my life and use them for good. Thank you that my suffering is not in vain, but that you use it not only for my good but also for the good of those around me. Lord let your goodness be so evident in my life that others desire to know you and their lives are saved. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Application:

How did Joseph treat his brothers after their father’s death?

How did Joseph’s life prepare him for this moment?

In what ways is it evident that Joseph knew God personally?

Memorize Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”

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