Genesis 50:18-20 – God Meant it For Good

Genesis 50:18-20
18 
And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

-There came a day in Joseph’s life when all of his brothers turned on him,  They threw him in a pit and planned to kill him before ultimately selling him into Egyptian slavery (Genesis 37:18-36).  God took this circumstance and eventually positioned Joseph so that all of those in the land would depend on him for survival including his brothers.  It would have been easy for Joseph to approach this day with thoughts of revenge and bitterness, but Joseph had only love and kindness to offer his brothers despite how they had treated him.  How did he manage that?  The answer is found right here in verse 20.  Joseph recognized that what his brothers had intended as bad, God made it good.  What’s more important than the happy ending here is the fact that Joseph didn’t see the evil of his brothers as a separate thing from the goodness of God; he grouped them together so that whenever he looked at one, he automatically saw the other.  Do the same when evil befalls you; wrap your circumstance up so tightly in the fact that God can use it for good that whenever you look at that bad thing, you can’t help but see God instead.

2 thoughts on “Genesis 50:18-20 – God Meant it For Good

  1. Pingback: Genesis 50:18-20 – God Meant it For Good – Talmidimblogging

  2. I just read this passage in my daily Bible reading plan. It might be one of the hardest things of the Christian walk to leave the hard presence in the hands of a loving Father with a plan and a hope filled future.

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