Key Passage: Genesis 50:15-21
Key Word: Genesis 50: 21 – “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good,..”
It has become abundantly clear to me, that God really has a way of turning the devil’s worst into great blessings for us His children. Like the stories I shared yesterday on Goliath’s sword, when the enemy really rages against us and rises up to try to harm us, God in His wisdom makes these situations channels of real blessings.
Take the life of Joseph. His brothers hated him because he had a dream and was a favoured child. They cast him into a pit and eventually sold him as a slave to the Ishmaelites who sold him on as a slave to Potiphar in Egypt. Joseph ended up in Egypt as a slave to Potiphar, and through some more mishaps ended in prison. But God was with him all through this ordeal and God was working out a master plan. Eventually Joseph became the Prime Minister in Egypt and a severe famine arose in the world. Joseph’s family were affected in this famine and they came to Egypt to seek food. Eventually Joseph brought his entire family to Egypt to live with him, escape the famine and develop into a mighty nation. Joseph declared later on to his brothers “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”
God meant it for good.
Last night I was discussing with my mother in law and my wife, the mystery of all the godly barren women of the bible. Has it occurred to you that they all brought forth eventually, great, mighty and world changing children? Let’s run through the list. Sarah brought forth Isaac, one of the Patriarchs. Rebecca brought forth Jacob from whom came the twelve tribes of Israel. Rachael brought forth Joseph and Benjamin. Joseph became the Prime minister of Israel and from Benjamin’s tribe came the first King of Israel, Saul. Hannah produced Samuel, one of the greatest prophets of the bible. Manoah’s wife produced Samson, the strongest of the judges of Israel. Finally Elizabeth the wife of Zacharias’ produced John the Baptist, who was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. Jesus described John as the greatest man born of women.
I am convinced that God is not the author of evil, but He can allow something’s because He sees how He would be glorified through them. I don’t know who I am trying to encourage today. You may be going through a real trial and a test of your faith, please trust God, because He is at work and He is fashioning something much more glorious out of what you think is a trial. If you have ever seen a cloth tapestry being woven, it really looks like a lot of mess. But when the mess is reversed, you then see the beautiful picture the weaver had in his or her mind all the time.
Satan will not have the last laugh in your life! You will laugh at the end, because God specialises in great outcomes.
In these hard and pressured times, we mostly don’t understand what God is up to, but as the lyrics of a popular song goes “If you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart”.
Let’s pray: Father God, You are amazing. You work in mysterious ways your wonders to perform. Father, I want to affirm that you have my life in your hands and you are more than able to perfect that which concerns me. I put my trust in You and believe that my story will have a glorious conclusion. Thank you Father for I have prayed in Jesus name. Amen.