Read: Genesis 45:5-8, 50:19-20
And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life…it was not you who sent me here, but God…Joseph said to them, “…you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”
Joseph made an astounding statement here. God sent me, God sent me before you. You meant evil, but God meant it for good. Now let’s try to get the magnitude of what he is saying. His brothers sold him into slavery, his brothers lied, his brothers intended to end his life, yet he tells them God did it. No God didn’t do it, they did it, or did they? Is it possible for God’s will to override human decisions? To take evil and turn it into good? Only if you believe in the providence of God. The providence of God is all about God being trustworthy, worthy of our trust beyond our circumstances or our feelings. The providence of God is the doctrine that provides the only basis to understand what Joseph was saying here. His brothers functioned in evil, but God’s surpassing greatness overwhelmed their evil and turned it into a blessing. Our English word for providence has two parts, pro and video or vision = “to see before.” It means that He directs the course of affairs. He concerns Himself with the tiniest details. He upholds all things. He governs all events. He directs everything to its appointed end. He does this all the time and in every circumstance. He does it always for His own glory.
My friend, there are no accidents for those whose lives are found in Jesus. This isn’t just a good idea or my idea, this is what the Bible teaches us about God. Even events that seem to us to be senseless tragedies, like Joseph being sold into slavery and then cast into prison. God’s ultimate purpose is to shape His people into the image of Jesus Christ and He often uses difficult moments and human tragedies to accomplish that purpose just as He did in the life of Joseph.
Romans 8:28 NLT tells us exactly that, “And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”
Can you trust God with the details of your life? Joseph saw the “invisible hand” of God at work in his life. He understood that behind his brothers stood the Lord who had orchestrated the entire affair in order to get him to just the right place, at just the right moment, in order to save his whole family.In the end, Joseph saw the hand of God behind everything that had happened to him. He saw that;
At just the right moment his brothers threw him into the well.
At just the right moment the Midianites came along.
At just the right moment he was sold to Potiphar.
At just the right moment Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him.
At just the right moment he met the baker and the cupbearer.
At just the right moment the cupbearer remembered Joseph.
At just the right moment Pharaoh called for him.
At just the right moment he was promoted to Prime Minister.
At just the right moment Jacob sent his sons to Egypt.
At just the right moment the brothers met Joseph.
At just the right moment Jacob’s family moved to Egypt.
Father, today I yield to your will in my life. Take control and put the same confidence Joseph lived out of in my heart. I want to trust you no matter what situations come at me today.