“As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.” ~Genesis 50:20
Yesterday my Bible reading plan took me towards the end of Joseph’s story in Genesis. Years after his dramatic reconciliation with the brothers who had betrayed him, Joseph was now burying their father in Canaan. With Jacob’s death the brothers feared Joseph’s vengeful wrath. So they pleaded with Joseph to be merciful to them, to impose slavery on them instead of death.
Joseph, the tenderhearted leader and brother that he was, wept. And said, “God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20 / NLT). He assured them once again that all was well.
What a perspective! Joseph chose to see God’s hand working in their lives and did not let bitterness or vengeance take over. He had a very clear understanding of his high position’s purpose — to save many lives.
There is great assurance in knowing that God’s plans are not thwarted by evil, that an act motivated by wickedness can, in the hands of Sovereign God, result in something immeasurably good that brings honor to God and joy to those who obey.
Drop your novel, skip that movie. For real gripping drama, read the Old Testament. Only take with you fresh eyes and an open spirit.