Faith in God's Plan

Steven Laman

READ : Genesis 50:15-21

Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (vv. 19-20, niv)

At seventeen his brothers dumped him in a well. They planned to kill him. Instead they sold him to a band of nomads. He was sold again to an Egyptian ruler. Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him. He was jailed and forgotten for years. Finally, he was appointed second in command in the Egyptian government. If you have not guessed, this man was Joseph.

Years of suffering and countless disappointments shaped him from a cocky teenager into a mature man of faith. Joseph’s faith shone through when his brothers came groveling to him after the death of their father. His attitude shocked them because he held no bitterness toward them. Instead, Joseph saw their actions as part of God’s greater plan.

Joseph’s faith is the kind of faith that says, “I can endure anything that life throws my way because I am confident that God has a plan for me.” It doesn’t matter if we are dealing with a disability, suffering rejection, or living with constant disappointments. We can have faith that the Lord can weave any trial into his good plan.


When tragedies come, Father, help us to trust that you still have a good plan.