But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Your Deepest Hurt
Sometimes those closest to you create your deepest hurt and pain. However, God can use your pain and hurt for His glory and your good.
Few people suffered as much injustice as the Old Testament character Joseph. He was sold into slavery by his brothers and betrayed by coworkers. When he refused the sexual advances of his boss’s wife, he wound up in jail.
If anyone should have the right to hold bitterness and hatred toward his brothers, surely it was Joseph.
Yet, years later, those same brothers, who had sold Joseph into slavery, would stand before Him asking for help. Joseph’s faithful service had elevated him from a slave to a ruler.
What a perfect time for Joseph to have taken his revenge. He could have had them killed or sent to prison with one command. Surely they deserved it.
God’s Hand Working
Yet, through all the difficulties he experienced, Joseph could see the hand of God working in his life. God used his betrayal and slavery to rescue the country and later save his entire family.
No matter what we go through, God can use it for good. God has a way of turning your tragedies into triumphs. He can take your biggest defeat and use it for your greatest good.
There is no doubt about it; you are going to experience times when people intentionally hurt you. They may betray your trust, stab you in the back, or try and ruin your career. Some of your deepest hurts will come from those closest to you.
When it happens, don’t become bitter or try and get even. Take a moment to claim this promise. Even when others intentionally try and hurt you, God can use it for good.
Forgive them, and by faith, look forward to what God is going to do.
Look at that promise again.
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.– Genesis 50:20
Make these confessions.
God is working all things for my good.
Though others may seek to harm me, God will use it for His glory.
I will not hold bitterness or unforgiveness to those who hurt me.
I will forgive those who wrong me and look forward to what God does on my behalf.
In Jesus name,
There are so many life lessons to be learned from Joseph. Take some time to read his story. It’s found in Genesis, beginning in chapter 37.
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