Braveheart, we can all be Josephs
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this
position so I could save the lives of many people.” - Genesis 50:20
This is one of my favorite verses. I find this verse so reassuring. Joseph went through SO
much that would have tipped most of us over the edge but through it all, he didn’t seek
revenge (even when the opportunity was handed to him on a plate), no, he saw how God
had used his pain for good. He had compassion for his brothers because he had faith. He was able to see that God had used it to save so many people from dying. That wouldn’t have happened had he just been happily living at home, being spoiled, untouched by pain. I admire Joseph’s faith and I aspire to have a strong faith like Joseph, Daniel, and all the other Bible hero’s we read about.
It takes real strength of faith to see and trust God in our pain, doesn’t it? When things aren’t going the way WE choose. But I often see when I glance back over my life that my timing would have been awful and that actually His timing was perfect. I am now trying to seek God in amidst the pain, whilst it’s happening (not easy at all I might add) instead of just afterward looking back. By doing that I can ask Him “what can I learn here Lord?”
A long time ago only a few years into my faith I heard a sermon that changed my life. A man talked about his depression and how God had helped him realize his pain had a purpose. I cried throughout his sermon as it was like it was for me where I was right then. It felt like a giant weight had literally been lifted off me during the talk. I literally was freed from the chains of my depression. I hadn’t been healed but I had been freed by the power of it over me. I just said, “wow if there is a purpose in this for You Lord then bring it on”. It has totally changed how I view it now when it creeps over me. What a gift from God.
He helped me understand that He doesn’t always heal the way WE want but he can ALWAYS use whatever it is for His purpose. For me, that was a revelation and it was enough. And that is why I love this line so much. “You intended it to harm me but God intended it all for good”. Boom it screams in the face of the enemy. It defiantly stands hands on hips in the truth of God’s Word and His love and shouts “do one satan”. It screams of faith and trust. It allows us to lift our eyes above our circumstances to the truth of God’s love and promises that no matter what is happening He will use it for His good. It is so liberating to your faith to get to this point. It feels like braveheart flicking the bird to satan. Not a very pc statement but raaaaaah!
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good”. And let’s not forget the last bit
of that Bible verse “He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people”.
Your journey will bless others. It will give more than it takes. For me, it gave and continues to
enable me to see others in pain and try and be compassionate (still learning though!).
How many people have you seen whose ministry has evolved from the ashes of pain? Most of them actually. That’s what the preacher did for me. He allowed God to turn his mess into
His message and for that, I will be forever grateful. He taught me courage, bravery, and the
power of sharing your brokenness.
I wouldn’t be who I am without that beautiful intervention from God through an unlikely person who obeyed God at that moment and made himself vulnerable. We can all be Josephs if we choose to. What do you choose today?