Can Good come from Bad? That is the hope as we clean up and make sense of the destruction of Harvey and Irma, as we adjust to life changing circumstances such as job loss, changes of location, recovery from illness and even grief.
Can Good come from Bad?
Today we look at the story of Joseph found in Genesis 37-50. Joseph was one of the sons of Jacob who was specially loved by his father and specially gifted by God. He had the ability to dream and interpret dreams. His father made him a special “coat of many colors” which caused the jealousy of his brothers to mount and they plotted to kill him. Instead they sold him into slavery, drenched his coat in animal blood and told Jacob that he was killed by a wild beast. Joseph meanwhile rose to a high position in Egypt because of his ability to interpret dreams and his administrative skill. He prepared the country successfully for a famine. The famine brought his brother begging for food. Joseph withheld his identity until he could no longer contain himself. When the brothers found out that they, who plotted evil against him were at his mercy they were terrified. But Joseph said, “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…. So then it was not you who sent me here but God.”
Can Good come from Bad?
Think of a time in which a disappointment or setback in your life lead to something greater in the end? Share your story with a friend or two this week.
How might God be using the events that have happened in your life lately to benefit others?
What might you do to bring God glory this week?
Spend some time in silent prayer listening for God’s voice and direction. God pieces us together in a puzzle where we are important to others.
Thank you for the grace to go on amid the storms of life. Grant me to wisdom to discern your hand and to act according to your will in what I do and in what I don’t do this week. May I have vision to see beyond the present to how “all things work for the glory of God in Christ Jesus.”
Be with those who suffer today from mental, spiritual, emotional or physical distress. Use me to be an anchor during the storms of others until we experience the fair skies of your divine design. Make me an instrument of your peace and understanding. Amen.
May God use, guide and bless you to be a blessing,