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 NKJV
You may have experienced the disappointment of not getting the job you'd hoped for, but later finding yourself saying, "thank goodness I didn't get that job, if I did I wouldn't... [fill in the blank]." These kinds of scenarios have a sort of, "everything happens for a reason" ring, or "everything will work out in the end". But the promise of this verse goes a leap beyond.
God was not just working the situation out for Joseph's good, He was also accomplishing 'the saving of many lives.'
I have experienced situations that might seem impossible for God to turn around for good. Yet I have seen how sharing these experiences with others, God has not just brought healing to me but He has used them to encourage & help others too. Lives have been touched and who knows maybe some have been saved too. Looking back, where has God done this in your life?
As we enter a brand New Year; decorations stored away, calendars bare & that list of resolutions fresh on the starting blocks. We can be encouraged that no matter what else is going on, we need not be afraid, but reassured that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. In fact anything intended to harm us, God intends it all for good. He has a purpose for you. Ask Him today what else He might like you to do to share His life giving hope and truth to those around you. Where can you share an encouraging testimony with someone this week?
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are Sovereign, You are in control. You never leave us, you are our great friend. it is wonderful to consider how you work all things out for our good. Thank You, what Satan intends for harm You use to bring about life & salvation instead. You are victorious and awesome Lord and we love You. Amen