Genesis 50:20 NKJV - "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring about as it is this day, to save many people alive."
There are a number of places in the Bible where God makes a choice and people are disappointed with His choice, at first, anyway. Joseph's 10 brothers, not including Benjamin, were troubled that Joseph was favored by his father and had "weird dreams"; Joseph was undoubtedly troubled that God would allow him to suffer misery in Egypt for at least 13 years before he would understand God's plan; Isaac was disappointed that God chose Jacob over Esau and Isaac even tried to give Abraham's blessing to Esau anyway! In all these instances people were not willing to accept God's will and even tried to fight against it.
In our Daily Verse Joseph reminds his brothers, and us for that matter, that God's plans and His wisdom far supersede our own ideas. We sometimes "rebel" against God's plan and think we can do better. But may we learn what Joseph learned: God means things for good that, at first, look like only bad things could happen. The principle of Romans 8:28, "...all things work together for good..." is active throughout the Bible. And it's still active today. When bad things happen, don't argue with God! Seek His purpose and be patient until He makes all things clear.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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