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]
Joseph had a different perspective to everyone. Whatever Joseph thought life would like, it probably could not have gone further off track, what with being sold off by his brothers, bought as a slave, falsely imprisoned and forgotten about.Yet, through it all he still managed to maintain a view of the bigger picture. He still managed to hold on to the idea that God was there and involved in orchestrating it all.
I can have that same confidence with my God. As I walk with Him through all of the ups and downs of life, I can have faith that God is there. Actually when I look back on life I can see when God has been there. His footprints are all over different situations, His interventions that have protected me, promoted me and provided for me.
God’s providence is amazing. What can seemingly look like harm, God can use for good and not just good for us individually, but for the good of many. That’s the amazing grace of God.
When things look wrong to us we have to remember, it might be right to God.
I am careful to not dismiss aspects of my journey but to reflect and learn through everything.
What is God trying to show me?
How is God trying to grow me and change me?
How do I demonstrate my faith through this?
I look for God as I walk with Him so I can see His hand on my life, then I can celebrate the goodness of God even in the midst of the badness that life can bring. It’s not as easy as it is to write. Even if I don’t see His hand I still know that He is there. Why? Jesus told me He would be, that He would never leave me.
That is me putting my faith in action.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose [Romans 8:28]
Whatever you are travelling through right now, hold on to that truth. God is in the midst. He is working out His plans and purposes. They may not look like how we thought they would or should and that’s alright. One day everything will be made perfect on the day we get to see Jesus face to face and all of this ‘stuff’ will seem incredibly insignificant then.