Today’s Scriptures: Genesis 47:28 through Genesis 50:26
Before I read today’s scriptures, I “thought” I knew what I was going to write about. You see Genesis 50:10 is one of my top five favorite scriptures…
But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. –Genesis 50:20
The last sentence of this verse has helped me to make sense out of things that haven’t made sense in my life. It has also helped me to understand some of the crazy stuff we’ve been reading in the book of Genesis. We’ve seen of so much evil and deceit, but now as we come to our last verses of the book, Joseph ties a bow on it all and shares his God-given wisdom on “why bad things happen to good people”. Personally, I could not have made it through my life without this verse. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen God use things that were meant to hurt me for my good! I would not be writing this blog today if it weren’t for the painful times in my life. Thank you Lord for putting this sentence in you Word!
But, today I found another jewel! It’s like the sequel to Genesis 50:20…how did I miss this all these years?
Right before Joseph died he was talking with his brothers. He said to them in Genesis 50: 24:
…soon I will die, but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt.
Then in verse 25 of that same chapter, Joseph actually made his brothers swear an oath
… and he said, “When God comes to help you and lead you back, you must take my bones with you.”
Joseph knew that he knew that as sure as God had precisely-down-to-the-last-detail arranged to use his thirteen years as a slave to rescue the Israelite nation God would, absolutely, positively rescue them from Egypt and return them to their promised land. There was not one doubt in Joseph’s mind; it was so real that made his brothers promise to take his bones with them so he didn’t miss the trip!
As I look back on my life (here comes that 20/20 hindsight), I am so thankful that I had some serious trials very early and that through God’s grace, I ran to Him in my pain. Because now, in my 50’s I can say with Joseph, surely God will come to help you and lead you back.
I know that I know, just like Joseph, that He will make a way to take the evil, sadness, and pain that has been done to you, by you, or through you and use it for your good AND GOD’S GLORY! If he did it for Joseph and he did it for me; he will do it for you!
Praying for you!
©2012, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scriptures: Job 1:1 through Job 4:21