Scripture:     Genesis (NIV) 45:4  Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.”  When they had done so he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!   5  “And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you…

7  “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  8  “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.  He made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” 

Observation:    We serve a God who can take the bad things people do to us and turn them to work for our good.  It does not mean that we enjoy the mistreatment, but we can look beyond expecting God to bring good out of it.   God’s blessings on Joseph were so amazing that they spilled over onto the brothers who sold him into slavery. 

Application:   One special blessing in growing older is being able to look back to times when God used for good what people meant for evil.  I remember first understanding this process only after I had experienced the good that God brought out of the trouble.   Growing in faith has helped me to understand God’s ways earlier in the process.  More recently I found myself expecting the good as I was still experiencing the hurt.  Faith that God would work it out for good was/is a great help in dealing with the hurt, frustration, and disappointment.  It helps me to forgive.  I do not sweep the hurts under the rug; I put them under the blood! They were paid for on the cross! 

Prayer:   Lord, you have provided forgiveness for my sins against you and others.  You have also provided for the sins of others against me.  Thank you for forgiving me and helping me forgive others.  Amen 

Pastor Leon
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