“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Genesis 50:20)
I cannot imagine how frightened Joseph was when his brothers threw him into that pit, or when they pulled him back out to sell him to those Midianite traders. He had no idea where he was going or what would happen to him. He was leaving the comfort and security of his father’s house and headed to places and circumstances unknown. Could he have even imagined how powerfully God would use him? Years later, after he had saved his entire family, Joseph recalled that even though his brothers had evil intent when they sold him as a slave, God used that to bring about a fantastic good.
We all face unknowns in our lives. Six months ago, who could have forseen the fires in the Northwest, the hurricanes and flooding experienced in Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico, the shooting in Las Vegas, or the devastation of Napa Valley? What will the next month bring? It is unknown to us. But as followers of Jesus, we do not face the unknown future alone. A phrase that has comforted and strengthened me seems to reflect the confidence of Joseph: “I may not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” That one who holds the future is the one who had a plan to rescue this world from its fallen, sinful condition. It was a plan He carried out and accomplished by coming down here Himself and paying the price our sins demanded. His rescue shows us the extent of His love and assures us that He will take care of us in every situation.
Lord, thank you for saving me from sin and for being with me in all circumstances. Amen.