Tuesday May 28 2024

God Intended It For Good

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”Genesis 50:20

Can you look back on a time in your life when it seemed as if God was working against you only to see in hindsight that God was working in your best interests and in the best interests of others?

I didn’t get what I thought would be best for me several times in my life and I did indeed wonder what God was doing. In college, I didn’t get into a nursing program that I thought was the career path God was When I applied and interviewed for jobs, I didn’t get the jobs that seemed like a perfect fit. As I watched many of my friends marry young, I wondered why God was making me wait so long. At the moment, none of it made any sense. But now, I look back and I am so thankful that God closed doors that led me down others I hadn’t even imagined.

In my study of Ruth, Naomi goes through extreme hardship. Her family suffered in a famine and so they moved to Moab. She concluded that God must be against her. Her succession of hardships reminds me of Joseph. His brothers threw him in a cistern and then sold him into slavery. He was put in charge of a high-ranking Egyptian official’s household only to be falsely accused of raping that man’s wife and being tossed into prison. It would have been easy for Joseph to assume, as Naomi had, that the hand of God was against him.

When we go through hardships like Naomi and Joseph, when we can’t understand what God is doing, we can trust that God is working all things for our good and His glory, according to His purposes (Romans 8:28).

Pray this week:

Lord, please help me trust You even when I can’t see how You are working. Use my circumstances, not only for my good, but for the eternal good of others, and ultimately, for Your glory! Amen.