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God Meant It for Good

March 10, 2018

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God Meant It for Good

Do bad things really happen  to good people  —  like God’s children?     Of course.     But,  in all of the bad things  that plague us,  we can be assured  that God will work it out  for our good.     God used the life  of Joseph  to give us an example  of His eternal love  being near us  —  even when we are suffering big time  for years.

Joseph’s whole story is  in Genesis,  chapters 37 through 50.     It’s a long story  with many troubles  that are intended  to teach us  to love and trust the LORD,  even when the going is really tough.     Joseph suffered  from the hatred  of his brothers,  who were basically jealous  of his “goodness”.     Joseph just had a way  and desire  of being good  that really bugged his brothers.     Matters got worse  when their father gave Joseph  a multi-colored coat  as a reward  for his faithful goodness.

The brothers’  jealousy got so intense  they plotted  to kill him,  but ended up selling Joseph  to slave traders  passing by.     Then,  they killed a goat  and smeared its blood  on Joseph’s coat,  so they could tell their father  Joseph was killed  by a wild animal.     What sorrow they caused!

Over the years,  Joseph endured many other trials  as a slave,  but God always brought him  through the false accusations,  misunderstandings,  and forgetfulness  of others.     In the end,  Joseph was so blessed because of his faithfulness  to God.     God led events  so that Joseph became second in command  to Pharaoh  in Egypt.

And then God arranged it  so that Joseph was re-united  with his family.     When his brothers realized  that he was a top leader  in all of Egypt,  they were filled  with a horrible fear  of the retaliation  that Joseph would take   on them  for all the evil  they had done to him.

But,  Joseph’s love and faith  in God  had never allowed him  to become hateful  or spiteful,  or even bitter  about all the suffering he had endured  over the years.    Because Joseph realized  that everything  that happens to us  in life  is allowed by God  to test our faith,  hope,  and love  —  and that God is  in full control  of all things  —  and that we can trust the love  of God  for us  no matter how bad our situation is  —  Joseph was honestly able  to still love his brothers  and say to them  in Genesis 50:20,

And 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.

In other words,  when we are facing  all sorts of evils  —  whether it be misunderstandings,  lies,  hatefulness,  sickness,  an accident,  loneliness,  or whatever  —  as we trust  in God  and live for Him,  He will work all things  for our good  in the end.     We don’t have a clue  what that good might be,  but years on down the road,  we will realize it  and thank God  for His faithful love  in all our trials.

The point is,  it really does pay  to stay strong  in faith,  hope  and love  —  faith in God,  hope in God,  and love for God.     It pays  to live strongly  for God  —  to be righteous  because of our love  for God  —  and to trust  in the wisdom of God,  even when we are suffering  and have no understanding.

Joseph always had peace  in his heart  because he knew God loved him,  in spite of all the trials  he had to face.     We need  to be like Joseph.

As we trust  in God  and live  according to His love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Heavenly Father,  thank You  for Your nearness  as we draw near You.     Your wisdom  in all of creation  is greater  than anyone can imagine.     May we always live  to Your glory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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