Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives
(Genesis 50:20 (NIV))
Has someone ever treated you really wrong?
What was your reaction at the time? What is your reaction today? Are they the same?
Have you stopped to consider the simple truth that Joseph realized when he was in Egypt? Is it possible that God has been using that very thing that they did to you to mature you and prepare you for something bigger? Think back upon the things in your life that you now have anger and resentment about. What were they? Did your life take a different turn because of what happened? Would you change your life and the people that are now in it for what could have happened if the other events had not happened?
Just as in Joseph’s situation, his brothers intended to do him harm, but God had other plans in store for Joseph, just as He has had other plans in store for you. You life is a series of events, and each event helps to shape the person that God would have you become. Each misfortune builds character and each good fortune that follows helps to build gratitude. Each moment will add to the ones before and slowly build the character traits, and the life, that you have today.
Many people do intend to harm us, but take heart, for God will not allow these trials to overcome us.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))
If Jesus has overcome the world, then we have also overcome the world through His atoning blood. Nothing can harm us if we focus on Jesus. No one can ever treat us so wrong that Jesus cannot save us.