“Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.” vs. 20
It’s doubtful that God caused Joseph’s brothers to abuse him and sell him into slavery…God is not the agent of sin. But is true that because of God’s goodness, that whole sorry event turned out to be a blessing for the entire family of Jacob. Sometimes, not all the time, that’s how it works out when bad things happen in our lives. At first it seems as though our whole world has come crashing down. But then, with the passage of time and by the grace of God, we find renewal and purpose and our life turns out to be better than we ever imagined it could be. In those new circumstances, nurtured by the constant presence of the Holy Spirit, we find strength for new opportunities and exciting adventures. In those moments, when we take time to look back at our journeys, there can still be a sense of sadness in our hearts. We can even regret that things turned out so badly. But God’s goodness is undeniable…powers beyond our understanding have been at work and we can only give thanks for the blessings that have come our way. Our lives have been changed forever, not because of our own brains and wise decisions, but because God has charted a way through the wilderness and given us second and third chances to know and experience joy.
Thought for the Day: What bad thing has turned out for good in my life?