Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.’
So many times what is happening in our lives seems to be evil that others have thought up against us. Maybe it is the government, the family, the people we work with, our boss, or our friends. We get frustrated because from our point of view it seems so hard! We do no see how it could never accomplish anything good.
This verse occurs in the story of Joseph. His dad has died. His brothers have come to him to remind him that their dad wanted Joseph to treat them right and kindly and to show mercy to them.
Don’t forget that they had sold their brother into slavery out of hatred. They had hated Joseph and his dream. Now they are at his mercy. Even their dad is gone who might have caused Joseph to protect them.
They come and ask him to be merciful and kind and to not seek vengeance. Joseph gives an astounding answer.
He knows that they wanted to harm him but God was working for good in all of it. God had a plan!
Now the question comes to you, Do you believe that God is at work in your life? Does God have a plan for you? Can you trust that even the worse things that are happening are God at work in your life?
Let me quickly and honestly say that I seem to always have a problem with these questions. It is something that I continually battle with. What is God doing?
The first lesson would be to consider God in everything that is going on in your life! Don’t think that you are an accident or that your life has just been spun out into space out of control and God will check in later. He is God and at work in your life!
Secondly, it takes major act of faith and obedience to consider that God did it!
Thirdly, to know that no matter what “bad” happens in your life God will work it for good is real faith and trust!
When I look back over my life I can see that many of the “bad” things have turned out for good! There are still some things that I do not understand but as a Bible believing Christian I know that God is at work and before it is over will bring good out of it!
This verse is an Old Testament shadow of the New Testament truth found in Romans 8:28-All things work together for good if you are His!
Who ever or what ever may think evil against you as a born again child of God but God will bring good out of it!