You Meant It For Evil But God Meant It For Good

You’ve been hurt by someone. Either they lied about you or failed to give you the proper recognition you deserved or, they mistreated you. And it hurts… hurts bad.
You think to yourself “I’m going to get them if it’s the last thing I do!” It’s natural for us to feel that way. Someone hurts us, we want to hurt them in return. But, that isn’t the Christian way.
In the book of Genesis, we have one of the best examples of how we are to treat people who hurt us. The story is about Joseph and his brothers. Joseph was one of the sons of Jacob. He had been sold by his brothers into slavery. He ends up in Egypt and is placed in charge of Pharoah’s palace. Pharoah’s wife makes a pass at Joseph and he is put into prison. He’s there for several years but then is released. Because he is able to interpret the dreams of Pharoah, he is put in position to prepare the nation for the coming seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.
His brothers come to Egypt to get grain and eventually, Joseph reveals himself to them and they bring the whole family to Egypt. Now, let’s fast forward… one day, Jacob dies. Joseph and his brothers take his body back to his home land for burial. After this, Joseph’s brothers are thinking Joseph is about to get even with them. After all, he has every right to…
But instead of getting even, Joseph takes the high road. He says, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.”
“… You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good…” Joseph was the bigger person… Instead of retaliating against his brothers, he knew that what had happened was God’s plan.
I know it may be tough…. but maybe you want to get revenge on someone… but instead, you should take the high road. It’s tough to do.. but God gives us strength.
“What you did.. you meant for evil.. but God meant it for good…” With the Lord’s help, that should be our prayer as well.

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