GOD’S GOODNESS IN PAIN AND ADVERSITY (1)

Genesis 50:15-21

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done”

 (Genesis 50:20).

 Have you ever wondered if there is a good end to all that is wrong in the world anymore?

 In spite of the evil deeds of his brothers, Mrs. Potiphar’s false accusations (Genesis 39), the cupbearer’s forgetfulness, and other adversities in Joseph’s young life, God was working out His good purposes. 

When Joseph became a slave, Jacob had thought he was dead and mourned for his son many days (Genesis 37:34).  Yet eventually in God’s sovereign plan, Jacob regained not only his son, but his grandchildren, as well.  We never know what marvelous things God will bring out of a seemingly hopeless situation.

We can trust God and wait patiently for Him to bring good out of our circumstances, because, as Joseph learned, God can overrule people’s evil intentions to bring about His intended results.

After years of unfairness, hardships, and isolation, Joseph was able to say, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (v. 20).

 Clearly, Joseph understood the purpose and kindness of God fulfilled through all he experienced.  His good purpose was much greater than Joseph’s life; it was planned specifically to save the lives of the children of Israel, as well as the lives of the Egyptians, in whose land they had come to dwell and multiply into a great nation.

Any trial we, as believers, face can ultimately bring glory to God because He commits Himself to bringing  good out of ALL THINGS (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).

When adversities come, do we grumble, complain, blame God and others, or do you see them as opportunities to honor Him and help those He places in our path?

Life is not only about God’s being gracious to us, but also about His using us to extend His goodness to others.

The Lord extends His gracious hand

To those in desperate need,

He lifts them up, He helps them stand

Through caring saints and loving deed. –D. De Haan

One thought on “GOD’S GOODNESS IN PAIN AND ADVERSITY (1)”

  1. Yes,we need to trust Him completely, all the time. I agree that we “never know what marvelous things God will bring out of a seemingly hopeless situation.” Thanks again, Ruby, for these devotionals.

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