It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but with school being out I finally have some free time….that is until our baby arrives. More on baby in a later post. 🙂
I just finished reading the book of Genesis and this verse just sank deep into my heart.
But Joseph said to them; “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:19-20
Joseph was Jacob’s son. Jacob was Issac’s son. Issac was Abraham’s son. Abraham-who God promised to number his descendants like the stars of the sky.
Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son, for he had been born of Rachel (who was his favorite wife).
All of Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him. They despised him and envied his relationship with their father. One day, they went out to tend their flocks. After considering killing Joseph, they instead threw him into an empty watering hole. However, they soon sold him into slavery to the Egyptians. They covered his coat in blood and reported to their father he had been killed by an animal.
Jacob was devastated. He mourned for his son. Meanwhile, Joseph began to interpret dreams. After interpreting Pharoah’s dreams, he was put in charge of all of Egypt.
Does that make sense? Joseph was thought to be a slave in Egypt to his brothers and dead to his father. Yet God was with Joseph and was working his beautiful plan through every moment.
When it’s difficult to understand the situations and hard times in our lives, my prayer is that we’d remember Joseph’s story and the reminder of our faithful God in Genesis 50: “God intended it for good.” May we see every moment in our life through the Big God Story, the weaving of the Gospel through each and every one of our lives.
[Spoiler Alert: Joseph is reunited with his brothers and father. He is the one who speaks this verse to them offering love, forgiveness, and safety through the severe famine they are enduring.]