Turning Evil Into Good

February 16, 2008

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result…” – Genesis 50:20

One of the great stories of the Bible deals with the life of Joseph, the son of Jacob. He was loved by his father and resented by his ten older brothers. They sold him into slavery and told their father he had been killed and devoured by a wild animal.

What is so amazing about Joseph is that he never gave up and never quit trusting in God, even though he faced setback after setback. He was falsely accused and unjustly thrown into prison. Miraculously, one day Joseph was called to interpret the Pharaoh’s dreams. In so doing, he was appointed prime minister of Egypt to save the people from famine.

Amazingly, because he saved the people from famine, the brothers who betrayed him were saved as well. When they realized the prime minister of Egypt was the brother they had betrayed years earlier, they were afraid. Yet Joseph forgave them and said, “What you meant for evil, God meant for good.”

What faith–what forgiveness–what an example for all of us.