Daily Reading & Prayer
What You Intended for Harm...
Genesis 50:15, 19-20, “But now their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. ‘Now Joseph will … pay us back for all the wrong we did to him.’ … But Joseph replied, ‘Don’t be afraid of me … You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.’”When bad things happen, when we’ve been horribly betrayed or hurt by others, it’s easy to dwell on the negative. But Romans 8:28 assures us that God works through all things for our good and His glory. Not some things, not at certain times, but through ALL THINGS!Joseph was especially aware of this! His own brothers, jealous of their father’s apparent favoritism, threw Joseph in a pit and sold him into slavery. Over time, and after spending years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he rose to power in Egypt. God reunited his family there. But after the death of their father, his brothers thought he’d surely enact revenge. But Joseph made an eloquent statement that would be remembered throughout the annals of time: “What you intended to harm me, God meant for good!“Let that thought resonate in your heart. Because no matter your circumstances, no matter the severity of your betrayal, remember that God is working through it for a far greater purpose and find it within you to rejoice!
God, I know that no matter how hurt or betrayed I feel, that You will work through it for my good and Your glory. Thank You! Amen.