But God

One of my favorite verse in the Bible is Genesis 50:20. To completely understand it you need to know a little background information. Joseph was the son of a shepherd. He was loved by his father and had big dreams for his life. His brothers resented Joseph and sold him into slavery and hoped to never see him again. Years later his family would be reunited with Joseph and his brothers would always fear his retaliation. This fear reaches its pinnacle when their father dies leaving Joseph alone to decide their fate. Joseph responds by saying this one powerful verse.

Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

I love this verse for a couple of reasons. First, I love the idea that good things can come out of seemingly bad situations. Second, I love Joseph perspective on his life. He saw a big picture being played out in his life and did not focus on the daily feelings. Finally, I love those two words in the verse, “But God.” His brothers had one thing in mind, but God did something completely different with it. Things may have appeared to be going one direction for Joseph but God changed the direction.

I love these two words because I can use them every single day of my life.

My spouse was leaving me, but God …
My children were on the wrong path spiritually, but God …
My life was on a treadmill of pain, but God …
My parents, my friends, my neighbors, my co-workers are headed toward disaster, but God …

When God steps into a story the plot can changes, the characters proceed in new directions and good can come from bad situations. I am thankful for a God who can step into anyone’s story and change it. Then one day we look back and say I thought this, but God had other things in mind.

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