“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20).
Joseph’s life as recorded in Genesis is one of the most remarkably redemptive stories in all the pages – and over many centuries – of biblical history.
A favoured child, separated from his family for 22 years – a period throughout which his father believed him to be dead – sold as a slave, and wrongly imprisoned; but he was used by God in a incredible way to protect and sustain the family of Jacob, thereby ensuring the successful fruition of the unique promises God had made by covenant to Abraham
In last week’s post, we defined this as an example of the doctrine of convergence, or confluence: God sovereignly conducting an unseen, universal orchestra of circumstances – guiding people, events, and context – to ensure that His purposes and outcomes are realized.
But from our vantage point, God’s work-in-progress can appear confusing, tardy, and even hopeless.
Commenting on the events of Joseph’s life, it’s been said: “A multiplicity of seemingly accidental and unrelated events – events which seemed to be ugly and difficult at the time – is gradually woven together by an unseen divine Hand into a glorious tapestry in which every portion is ideally situated in its proper and unique place.”*
That’s the power of our amazing God – the One whose knowledge is without limit, and whose power is unstoppable.
More than hanging on to the promise, Joseph clung to the Promiser.
And the Lord continues today to arrange and manipulate events – even those intended by others to hurt you – to inexplicably bring about His good for His people.
His promise to His people is this: “we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:11).
Takeaway: what troubling issue in my life needs to be committed to the Lord, trusting that He will bring about His purposes – in His timing – for my ultimate good?
*The Genesis Record, Henry Morris, Baker Book House, 1976.