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August 12, 2020
You Meant it for Evil, God Meant it for Good
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.
The Life of Joseph
Few people have suffered as much injustice as the Old Testament character Joseph. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers and betrayed by coworkers. Even though he refused the sexual advances of his boss’s wife, he wound up in jail.
If there was anyone who should have the right to hold bitterness and hatred toward His brothers, it was Joseph.
Years after his brothers had sold him into slavery; they stood before the now ruling Joseph. This would have been the perfect time for him to have taken his revenge. With one command, he could have had them killed or sent to prison. Surely they deserved it.
God is 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.
You Are Going to Get Hurt
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 the greatest hurts you will experience 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 intentionally 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.
Praying for Your Student
Whether your child is attending in person or online, school is just around the corner. With school starting, your child will be exposed to new temptations, attacks on his or her faith, and new friends’ influence.
I created a special program designed to help cover your student in prayer this first month of school.
You can learn to pray for your student in new and powerful ways by signing up for Praying For Students. Go to www.prayingforstudents.com to sign up for the free 31-day prayer guide.