(Genesis 50:20 KJV)


“God meant it unto good”—O blest assurance,

Falling like sunshine all across life’s way;

Touching with Heaven’s gold, earth’s darkest storm clouds,

Bringing fresh peace and comfort day by day.


‘Twas not by chance the hands of faithless brothers

Sold Joseph captive to a foreign land.

Nor was it chance that after years of suffering,

Brought him before the pharaoh’s throne to stand.


One Eye all-seeing saw the need of thousands,

And planned to meet it through that one lone soul;

And through the weary days of prison bondage

Was working toward the great and glorious goal,


As yet the end was hidden from the captive,

The iron entered even to his soul;

His eye could scan the present path of sorrow,

Not yet his gaze might rest upon the whole.


Faith failed not through those long, dark days of waiting,

His trust in God was reimbursed at last,

The moment came when God led forth His servant

To comfort many, all his sufferings past.


“It was not you but God, that led me to here,”

Witnessed triumphant faith in later days;

“God meant it unto good,” no other reason

Mingled their discord with his song of praise.


“God meant it unto good” for you, beloved,

The God of Joseph is the same today;

His love permits afflictions strange and bitter,

His hand is guiding through the unknown way.


Your Lord, who sees the end from the beginning,

Has purposes for you of love untold.

Then place your hand in His and follow fearless,

Till you the riches of His grace behold.


Then, when you stand firm in the Home of Glory,

And all life’s path lies open to your gaze,

Your eyes will SEE the hand that you’re now trusting,

And magnify His love through endless days.—Freda Hanbury Allen