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September 20, 2020 | Doug Sauder
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“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”—Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)
Joseph’s life is like the Grand Canyon. Its depth is unmatched when it comes to God’s work among His people, and its width reaches from one extreme of the human experience to the other.
From receiving a divine dream of great prosperity and authority to being assaulted and sold into slavery by his own brothers; from ascending to the top of Potiphar’s house to being unjustly accused by Potiphar’s wife and subsequently thrown in prison; from being cruelly forgotten in an Egyptian prison to being exalted to the second highest position in the greatest kingdom on earth and being the instrument by which God would preserve the lineage of Israel, Joseph’s journey leads us through the lowest level and pain to the highest heights of prosperity.
His life is also filled with some of the deepest and most important spiritual lessons! When it comes to God’s ways and purposes and their application to real life, Joseph’s life educates us unlike anyone else’s. If we could compress these lessons into one truth, it would be the statement he makes towards the end of his story here in Genesis 50:20. In speaking to his brothers, who had sold him into slavery, Joseph drops the following truth on them: “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good . . .”
Allow that to settle for a second. The deepest, darkest moment of Joseph’s life served as a springboard to the fulfillment of the dreams God had laid upon his heart!
The Lord sovereignly used the evil efforts of Joseph’s brothers to accomplish the greatest good for Joseph. But not just for Joseph, but for the brothers themselves! Can you believe that? In the end, there was reconciliation, restoration, and redemption for Joseph and his family.
Doesn’t this shine the spotlight on the ingenious, grand, and generous grace of God? Where man’s sin and evil was so great, His grace and goodness was that much greater (Romans 5:20). Where man sought to steal, kill, and destroy, God brought about life and abundance (John 10:9–10). This is our God, the God who brings about extraordinary destinies out of excruciating seasons.
Breakthrough + You
Maybe right now you need a breakthrough. Maybe you need deliverance or healing. Maybe you’re seeking reconciliation, restoration, or provision. Maybe you’re struggling, frustrated, or anxious. Maybe you can’t sleep. Maybe you’re experiencing grief, anger, or hopelessness.
Just as God sent Joseph ahead of his brothers to save their lives by a great deliverance, He has sent His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ for our great deliverance, both in eternity and in the here and now! What is meant for evil God, through Jesus, will work for your good! Your struggles will not overtake you, it will not consume you, it will not crush you, because Jesus is at work and He wants to do something great in your life!
So, today you can cling to Him and His promise for your soul because He wants to breathe life into you; He wants to produce miracles in and through you. And all you need to do is walk by faith, not looking at the trial, but keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, believing that He is who He says He is, that He is faithful, and that His promises are true.