His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
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. (Genesis 50:18-20)
(19/365 days of Fear Not)
Have you ever had a bad day, a bad month, maybe even a bad year?
Or have you ever experienced a season of difficulty, of pain, of grief?
There are days when the valleys seem darker and the mountains seem steeper.
Some of us battle with pretty big issues and even bigger wrongs and hurts and betrayals.
And these struggles can quickly overshadow the good things we’ve enjoyed, the blessings we’ve received. And, honestly, that’s something that the enemy covets. He lauds those dark struggles over us, hoping to block the light of God’s hope.
But here’s the Good News: what man intends for evil and what the enemy intends for destruction and pain, God can use for good.
Do you find that difficult to believe?
Consider Joseph’s path to being second only to Pharaoh.
His brothers hated him.
His brothers envied him.
His brothers plotted to kill him but decided to sell him into slavery instead.
He earned the trust of Pharaoh and then lost it when he was falsely accused by Pharaoh’s wife.
He was sent to prison.
He earned the trust and esteem of the warden and helped the cupbearer who then forgot to help Joseph.
He was called to Pharaoh (finally the cupbearer remembered Joseph) and interpreted his dream.
Finally, finally, Joseph is released from prison and restored to his position. And it is that position that allows him to help Egypt and his family during the years of famine.
God took what seemed the end of Joseph’s dream and the end of his freedom and worked it to work out His plan.
Are you in a season of doubt or uncertainty about your dream? Are you trying to live out your God-given passion and purpose but finding yourself facing obstacle after obstacle from people you thought would help you along the way?
Take heart. What the world intends for harm, God can use for good.
Don’t be afraid of the things the world throws at you as you live out your purpose. Trust God to help you through what seem like the worst moments because He already knows what lies on the other side of the struggle.