God Works Good Through Us

Steve Petroelje

READ : Genesis 50:15–Exodus 1:14

You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good. (50:20)

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Those words from Proverbs 16:9 remind us that life does not always turn out as we plan or anticipate. That was certainly true of Joseph. He was sold into slavery, relocated, falsely accused, imprisoned, and finally rose to power. Only later would it make sense to Joseph. The Israelites would survive the famine, remain in Egypt for 430 years, and see God deliver them through ten powerful plagues upon the Egyptians.

Just as Joseph looked back and saw God working through the hardships he endured, we will someday look back and see God’s purpose in things we found hard to understand. Every trial, tear, heartache, or loss can be used by God to draw people to himself—including ourselves. Our most difficult moments in life can be an opportunity for putting our faith in action.

Joseph did not hold his brothers actions against them. Instead, he took the high road and rested in the providence of God. He knew that God intended it for good to accomplish the saving of lives (v. 20).

When you are hurting, and your faith is being tested, read Joseph’s story again. Remember how you can live by faith, with the help of our faithful God.


Faithful God, help me to know that you are in control and working for the good of those who love you! Amen.