God Meant It Unto Good (Genesis 50:20)
Genesis 50:20, But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
In the days before World War II, Josefina Guerrero was the charm of Manila. She was young, bubbly, and married to a wealthy medical student. In 1941 she was diagnosed with leprosy and immediately began treatments. Later that same year when Japan invaded the Philippines all leprosarium’s were abandoned.
Despite her disease Josefina joined the underground movement where she was very beneficial to the cause of smuggling food, clothes, medicine and messages to POW’s. She mapped out fortifications along the waterfront and the location of anti-aircraft batteries. When guerillas discovered a newly planted minefield where the 37th Division was scheduled to land in Manila, she was the one who got the message through. With little thought for her own life she trekked through miles of enemy encampments with the map taped to her back and delivered it safely.
Because of her courage many dangerous missions were completed and the U.S. War Department awarded her the Medal of Freedom with silver palm for saving countless American lives. Amazingly, Josefina was never caught. In fact, Japanese soldiers steered clear of her as she lumbered through the streets of Manila. Even when she was stopped, she was never detained very long, once they recognized the shrouded bandages and the lesions of progressing leprosy.
This is a great perspective of life which Joseph exhibits. He saw all the evil done him simply as a means by which God brought good. This perspective takes the sting out of our troubles and encourages our reaction to trials to be one of grace, not guile. Joseph once again showed the righteous spirit of his character in noting that God had ordained all which had come to pass years earlier. He understood how God had caused all things to work together for good for His people to bring greater good and deliver them at the end. Indeed, the story of Joseph is a wonderful illustration of Romans 8:28.
George Mueller said, “In a thousand trials it’s not just five hundred that work for our good, but nine hundred and ninety nine – plus one!” The Scripture says, “God meant it unto good” means that no disaster, disease, or delay can keep Him from turning it into something beneficial. God forgives our past, knows our present and has planned our future. May we walk in confidence that nothing can ever happen to you that’s beyond the scope of His grace and redemption.
Our disappointments are God’s appointments. When God brings unexpected tragedy in our lives, it is hard for us to understand His logic. However, He is taking care of us while we are in the midst of tribulation.
Prayer: Father in Heaven I know the thoughts and plans You have for me are for Your glory and for my good. Whatever I may face today, I can expect that You are working for good in all of it. So I’m going to step forward in faith, trusting You in all things and seeking to cooperate fully with Your plans for me. I know I can’t imagine all the good You have planned for my life, but I also know it’s all coming in Jesus’ name, so I can say, amen!
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