January 18, 2011
“20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
What a moment! Joseph’s dreams were now a part of reality. Joseph suffered much because of the envy, rejection and hate of his brothers. Because of them, Joseph suffered the pain of being away from his family, especially from his dad, and to be away from his people. Because of them, Joseph was sold into slavery, later suffered prison time and forgotten by those he did well to. Because of his brothers, Joseph, without a doubt, suffered great affliction very early in his life. However, even in all, the Lord was with him.
Joseph was able to see his father again. Because of his obedience and favor with God and men in Egypt; God used Joseph as an instrument of great blessing for the nation of Israel. But his father was now dead and his brothers found themselves very concerned about Joseph retaliating against them for all the evil things they did to him. Their lives were literally in Joseph’s hands! However, as Joseph faced the ones to blame for his troubles, Joseph showed an amazing prospective; he was able to see the plan of God behind the whole process.
Many of us are going through very difficult situations; but it is time that we take a closer look at the big picture and at God’s ability to turn things around for good. Even the injustices committed against you; even your own mistakes and sins, even in the midst of the normal tragedies of life; take a good look at the big picture. Your pain may be what God uses to give peace and prosperity to your children, your family, you city or even your nation. It is time to stop looking just at what is in front of us and let God show us, in due time, the wonderful complete work of the whole picture.