Originally Posted: September 21, 2006 (Age 18)
Things didn’t exactly go the way Joseph planned. OK, so maybe he didn’t do the best job of making his brothers like him, what with the whole I-dreamed-you-guys-bowed-down-to-me thing, but he certainly wasn’t expecting them to sell him into slavery. He didn’t spend time feeling sorry for himself, and quickly got promoted to head of his master’s house. But even when that happened, he was just minding his own business when Potiphar’s wife decided to accuse him of rape and get him thrown into jail.
This poor young Hebrew man was miles away from home, stuck in a jail, with no chance of getting out anytime soon. But once again, Joseph did not despair. His faith in God was strong. Before he knew it an opportunity came along and he was not second-in-command of someone’s house, but second-in-command of the whole kingdom, saving thousands of people from starvation. He was able to look back on his life and tell his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…” (Genesis 50:20)
Let’s face it. Jesus told us that in the world we would have trouble (John 16:33). We can be doing everything we’re supposed to be doing, serving and seeking God with all our hearts, and we will still be attacked. Satan and his forces are doing everything they can to stop us. There may be even be people in our lives who try to make us fail. Bad things happen, and we are tempted to question God’s plan, to give up, to despair.
But God is still in control. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” (Romans 8:28) God is not surprised or troubled by the evil intentions of mankind, or even our own mistakes. There is nothing others or we ourselves can do to mess up God’s plan! He knows what’s coming and has a perfect and beautiful design to turn evil into good in ways that we cannot even imagine.
Friends, if your life isn’t in perfect condition right now, don’t give up! It doesn’t matter who intends to harm you; God intends it for good! Trust that you will be able to look back and see how God was in control all along.
Yes, “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.“