Good from Evil

God’s ways are higher than our ways. What others intended for your harm God will turn to good.

We all know well the story of Joseph in Genesis. Joseph, son of Jacob, was his father’s favourite son. God had given him prophetic dreams that his family would one day bow before him. His brothers were antagonistic toward Joseph because of jealousy and conspired to sell him into slavery in Egypt.

In Egypt, after a series of turbulent circumstances, Joseph was able to interpret a dream that Pharaoh had, saying that drought and famine were about to impact the land. Based on this information, the king promoted Joseph to a position second only to him. By his position and the wise insight God gave him, Joseph’s actions and planning saved many lives.

When Joseph’s brothers, who lived in Canaan, appealed to Egypt for food, they unwittingly appeared before Joseph. Joseph tests their motives resulting in his brothers bowing to his superiority (fulfilment of his original dreams). Finally, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and declares, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save the lives of many people.”

“At that time, I will gather you; at that time, I will bring you home. I will give you honour and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the Lord.

Zephaniah 3:20 (NIV)

God’s purpose always prevails. He knows your beginning from your end and everything in between. Your circumstances can change, as Jospeh’s did, yet if you continue to acknowledge God in all your ways, he will nevertheless direct their outcome. What Joseph’s brothers intended for evil against him God used to promote him. Evil can be changed to good at submission to the hand of God. Be encouraged to hold on – never give up – and trust God to deliver you from those adverse circumstances you’re facing. God’s ways are higher than our ways. What others intended for your harm God will turn to good. So, seek him and call upon him. In his time, he will exalt you and restore your fortunes before your very eyes.

God-tracking is trusting God to turn evil into good.

Get into the word of God and get the word of God into you!
Genesis 50:15-21
Isaiah 55:6-9
Proverbs 3:6
Zephaniah 3:18-20 (NIV)

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