The Big Picture

“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.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 49-50, Psalm 8, and Luke 20.

Someone accuses you of doing something wrong and you can’t convince them otherwise.  Eventually, you are cleared of the charges.

What a great time to get back at your accusers!

Joseph’s situation was even more serious: His brothers first planned to kill him and then they sold him.  Their intent was to do him harm, to say the least.

But God had other plans.  An area-wide famine was in the future and someone needed to know about and be able to do something about it to save lives.

Joseph was that person.

Imagine the shock of his brothers when they learned that the brother they had gotten rid of was now able to get back at them.

But did he?  Not at all.  He toyed with them a bit before revealing himself.  And he got reunited with his father and resettled the family into a favorable place.

But the brothers still feared Joseph.  Why? After Jacob was dead now Joseph could give them what they deserved.  So the brothers “claimed” that dad (Jacob) wanted Joseph to forgive his brothers…….probably a fabrication.

Joseph was a step ahead anyhow and that brings us to today’s verse.  Joseph realized that God had used his  brothers to enable famine relief to be put into place.  What happened, turned out for the good of everyone.

God knows best.  Things happen that are unexplainable.  BUT God is still in charge.  I can trust Him.  My task is to do whatever I can to please Him in EVERY situation; good or bad.  “All things work together for good to them that love God.”

“Lord, thank You for the story of Joseph and his brothers.  You indeed are running things.  There is a bigger picture and you create it.  Fill me with You.  Guide me to where I should be.  Forgive me for behaving as if I have a better handle on what should happen.  You have the “handle” and that’s the way I want it to be.  Thank You, Father.”

God is in charge.  Do I act as if I believe it?

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