Bible Society of South Africa
Neville Turley

Preserved in Jesus Christ – Day 15

God Works for Our Good

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28We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28GNBOpen in Bible reader

23When Joseph came up to his brothers, they ripped off his long robe with full sleeves. 24Then they took him and threw him into the well, which was dry.

25While they were eating, they suddenly saw a group of Ishmaelites travelling from Gilead to Egypt. Their camels were loaded with spices and resins. 26Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother and covering up the murder? 27Let's sell him to these Ishmaelites. Then we won't have to hurt him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed, 28and when some Midianite traders came by, the brothers pulled Joseph out of the well and sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Genesis 37:23-28GNBOpen in Bible reader

In life, we are all dealt crippling blows – blows that really hurt and can sometimes crush us. It may be a serious accident, an illness, being made redundant or an emotional betrayal. Bad things happen to people all the time.

At such times, it is natural to turn to God and ask, “Why Lord, why is this happening to me?”

Joseph must have asked the same question. He was bullied by his brothers, robbed of his cloak, thrown in a well and then sold into slavery to Potiphar, captain of the king of Egypt’s palace guard. Where was God in all this? (Genesis 37:23-28)

Joseph did prosper under his slave owner, but his troubles were far from over. Although totally innocent, he was falsely accused of attempted rape by Potiphar’s wife and, thereafter, falsely imprisoned.

It was only many years later, that Joseph finally realised that God had turned the evil that had been done to him into good, in order to save the lives of many people (Genesis 50:20).

Joseph, Moses, Isaiah and Ezekiel – the Bible contains many examples of people who underwent great hardships, which God turned to the good for his purpose.

He works in our lives too, for he has a wonderful plan and a purpose for each one of us. There may be times when we are at a complete loss to understand what is happening to us, and why. Then, more than ever, we need to move forward, trusting in him. We need to be confident in the knowledge that his love and his power will carry us through and ultimately, we will share in his glory.

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