Genesis 50:19-20 "God Meant it for Good." on this week's Word of Grace Devotional with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace devotion for the Week of January 25, 2016
God Meant It For Good
Genesis 50:19-20, “But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?20As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
Beloved, has anything ever happened to you that left you bewildered? Certainly it has; those types of things have occurred to all of us. We wonder why and question the Lord wanting an answer.
Joseph was in this type of situation. Having been sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph would have had his moments of doubt and despair as he lay in a dungeon away from his family. But God was constantly reminding Joseph that He had a bigger plan! He always does for His ways are higher than our ways! His plan is always bigger than our plan!
As we learn from the Book of Genesis, the Lord was going to use Joseph to help save a nation(s) and a people for Himself, namely the Israelites. Joseph would go from prison to prince, as he would become second in command in all Egypt
Beloved, sometimes the Lord will allow tragedy, heartache and suffering in our lives, not because He meant it to harm us but for our good and the good of many others. The temporary suffering of our spirit and flesh will one day pale in comparison to the work the Lord does in our hearts and the hearts and lives of many others.
Take courage and know that the Lord is working not only for your benefit but the benefit of many others. Seek Him while He may be found and draw your strength from the Living Word each day. Rest in Him and one day you also may be able to say as Joseph said inGenesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
Beloved, remember, God has a bigger plan!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In His Strong Love,