Joseph was crushed by betrayal. All of his dreams seemed to be dashed to pieces when his brothers turned on him. How could good come from such hateful revenge? Yet that event was purposed by God to lead to the rescue of his people.
If Joseph had not been sold into slavery, the fate of Israel would crumble. In the brokenness of his story, God brought treasure. At the end of Genesis 50, when his brothers kneeled, pleading as servants, Joseph asked “Am I in the place of God? (v.19)”
“Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?”Genesis 50:19
Joseph took hold of the treasure that God transforms harm into good. He trusted, clutching God’s promises.
That unwavering trust led Joseph to stay faithful, serving in a way that told of God’s faithfulness. He stayed steadfast, even in prison. He poured out a compassion that he had not personally known. He shunned praise and gave glory back to God. That trust only flowed from a heart of humble devotion.
God works through unlikely circumstances to fulfill His overarching plan of redemption and to magnify His covenant love. He can use cracks in the wall to spotlight His glory. Watching the way that God transforms ashes into beauty drives me to my knees. My life is only clay in the Potter’s Hand to be lifted up in joyful surrender.
“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