19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused of a crime, imprisoned, and forgotten. A gifted man with administrative talent he is providentially taken from prison to a palace in an incredibly short time. After years of success and having reached the second most powerful position in the most powerful nation in the world at the time, he finally has the perfect opportunity to bring revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. Yet, at that moment his mind is not filled with hate but with God because God gave him a way to look at the tragic events of his life; it was God’s view of the path of Joseph’s life. It was realistic, not denying what had happened, and it was redemptive; for Joseph, his brothers and for the world. “You intended to harm me but God intended it for good, the saving of many lives” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the church in China; pray for Hengshan Church; for their leadership and their unity.