How many of you have had a really mean-spirited thing happen to you, where someone either said or did something really ugly against you? Well, I sure have! Each time, though the person was trying to create a very ugly situation, God turned it around. He did it every time! There is a story of Joseph and his twelve brothers in the Old Testament, in the book of Genesis that fits this topic so perfectly.
In this story, Joseph was mistreated by his brothers. In fact, they decided to kill him at first, but changed their minds and sold him instead. All they wanted was to be rid of him forever! Joseph flourished during his time of tragedy and betrayal. Then, after 20 years, those brothers, who meant harm to Joseph, needed his help!
Joseph went through his time being thrown in the well to being sold. He interpreted the dreams of two prisoners, and was therefore recommended to interpret a strange dream that the king had. The king really wanted to know the meaning of his dream, and one day one of the ex-prisoners were reminded of what a great job Joseph did when interpreted his dream from prison, that this man recommended an interpretation of the king’s dream by Joseph. He interpreted Pharaoh’s dream in such a powerful way that he was appointed second-in-command over Egypt.
Here is where Joseph was able to see God’s hand in the entire situation with what his brothers had done to him. Those same brothers came to Joseph in dread, and famine was throughout the land.
Though Joseph was now sitting in the second-highest seat in the land, he decided he would not settle the score and throw his brothers into a pit, the way they had done him. Instead, Joseph quoted this scripture, found in Genesis, 50:20, NKHV, which states, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. In God’s hands, what others do or say to you in a harmful manner, will eventually be good.”
There is another scripture, Romans 12:19 which says it this way: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
In yet another scripture, The Lord God said, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.”
“You meant evil against me,” Joseph told his brothers, using a Hebrew verb that traces its meaning to “weave” or “plait.” “You wove evil,” he said, “but God rewove it together for good.”
God, the Master Weaver.
God can weave a new blanket with shreds, using ragged and broken pieces that become like velvet strings. He will wipe away the pains you’ve suffered and replace them with such great pleasures. Nothing shall escape the reach of our Lord and Savior.
All the leaders of the world, every leader, king, queen and even our U.S. president, the weather patterns, every cell and molecule in every human body — all are at His command.
When you experience those times of trouble, when it appears that you have been forgotten, just keep trusting in God. Faint now, continue to acknowledge Him in all your ways, and he surely will direct your paths. Don’t worry when someone has done you wrong, just repeat Genesis 50:20: “You meant it for evil, but God has turned that thing around for my good!”
Lyndia Grant is the host of “Think on These Things,” a radio talk show on WYCB-AM, 1340, Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact her at 202-518-3192 or email her at email@example.com.