Truth Tuesday – When God Intends “IT” for Good

by Kathy

Genesis 50 20Hey there!  Do you want a great summer read?  Grab your Bible, head outside, and read Genesis, chapters 37-50.

I have highlighted the verse below, which I believe captures one of the beautiful messages this story…

“You intended to harm me, Joseph explained, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  Genesis 50:20


Just take a moment and allow these words to settle in your mind and heart….You intended to harm me…but God intended it for good. 

Are there some circumstances going on in your life right now that could perhaps hold treasures you have yet to discover?

This story in Genesis, chapters 37-50, is about a man named Joseph who had many hard and difficult circumstances occur in his life.  He was taunted by jealous brothers, who schemed to get rid of him and held him captive in a deep reservoir. Finally, they chose to sell him to merchants, who took him to Egypt and sold him into slavery.  His hard life continued with false accusations of attempted rape and imprisonment.

As the story unfolds, Pharaoh (Egypt’s leader), had a disturbing dream that no one could interpret.  One of Joseph’s former prison inmates remembered Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams.  Joseph was brought before Pharaoh and accurately interpreted the dream, saving Egypt form an impending famine.  As a result of accurately interpreting the dream, Joseph was given great respect and made to be second in command to Pharaoh himself.

As years passed, the Egyptians knew abundance in their crops and were able to successfully store grain.  When the famine hit, they had enough to sustain themselves.  They were also able to provide grain to neighboring countries as well.  Among those that came for food was none other than Joseph’s brothers.  As you read the beautiful story, you will see that God took something meant to harm Joseph and turned it for good.  Instead of being bitter and unkind towards his family, Joseph chose an attitude of forgiveness and was reunited with them.

There are a few things that stand out to me in this story:

  • Joseph chose to see good in his very difficult circumstances
  • Joseph offered forgiveness to those that intended to harm him
  • Joseph saw that God had a greater purpose for allowing him to go through his trials.
  • As Joseph waited on God’s timetable, God revealed the purposes.

As read the story (passage noted above), ask yourself the following questions:

1.  How might my attitude be if I looked at my own difficult circumstances through the lens of Joseph’s words? (what was meant for evil and harm, God will use for good)

2.  What can I personally learn from the way Joseph handled his difficult circumstances?

3.  How important was forgiveness in this story?

4.  Is there someone in my life that needs to be shown forgiveness?

5.  How does God want me to apply this in my own life?

6.  What intentional steps will I take to live this out?


Have a grace full week living in the truth that God is working out all things in your life for His good and glory!  Keep trusting and yielding!




2 Responses to “Truth Tuesday – When God Intends “IT” for Good”

  1. Paula Dijkers says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love the story of Joseph! His life truley is an example for us that we can’t see the whole picture and what God has in store for us. His timing is perfect and His plans are for our good! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you for taking a moment to share what you love about the story of Joseph. We need to keep trusting don’t we?!!

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