Ever ask this question? I know I have. Ever had anyone ask why God would let such horrible things happen to seemingly good people? Why the loss of a child? Why such horrible child abuse leaving some to grow up as mean and abusive people themselves? Why some end up with nothing and struggle to just have a roof over their head? Why did the tornado come through and destroy the lives of so many? Why am I disliked by everyone? Why, why, why??? The questions go on and are never-ending. In the book of Job he asks God many questions. God answers quite clearly in one chapter. In a nutshell God asks Job, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I BUILT THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD, ….He goes on to talk about all the amazing things He has done and created.
Who are we to question the God of everything including our very being. It is very humbling. In Genesis 50 it gives us a great understanding of how God’s plan in the longterm is so much more than we can ever imagine. We only see what is before us, what’s is hurting our hearts. We usually cannot even fathom anything good coming from something horrible and painful in our lives. Romans 8:28 tells us that God can turn ALL things to the good for those who are called by Him and for His good purpose. If you are a child of God then we can cry over pain, but we need to say ok Lord, this stinks and I don’t understand the why but I give it to You and trust You are going to do something great with this even if I may never know what the end picture will look like. My life is yours. Yes, we can cry. Yes we should cry out to God in our pain and it is ok to ask Him WHY LORD, WHY. Then we must resolve to trust Him and pick ourselves up and allow God in all His mercy to change us and mold us into that which He has desired and planned for us. That is when God can begin to use the negative for His good purpose and in the end to glorify Himself. Praise God!
His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 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.
After everything that Joseph has been through, he continues to show great wisdom in how he deals with his brothers. The experience of meeting them again after they had betrayed him was very difficult, yet God continues to give him strength to be the man who he saw in a dream so long ago. There are times in life when other people try to do us harm – or some kind of harm simply happens to us. These things do not surprise God, and it is within His power to work them out for His good purpose. Praise God for His faithfulness and strength!
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