Joseph could not have known, sitting in the bottom of the hole that his brothers had dug for him, how the story would end. Their jealousy had attempted to destroy him. It is true that there were lessons that he needed to learn, about arrogance and humility, about when to speak and when to hold his thoughts. Yet, there is never an excuse for the kind of bullying that he suffered, and he was literally in the pits.
If there was ever a time for despair, this was it, and it was many years before he would look those brothers in their faces and declare, “You meant it for evil, but God used it for good.” You can read the story here.
That seemingly insignificant three letter word…but…always turns things around. Even today, when the people whom God has chosen for his purpose lash out in jealousy against their sisters and their brothers, attempting to silence that with which they do not agree or destroy that which they do not understand. Even today, God can turn the evil intention that causes such distress into a good and perfect gift.
God can use the attempt to harm us to create a blessing for us and others. No one can eradicate the person who trusts God and is willing to be used according to God’s purposes. No one can alter the trajectory of the safari orchestrated by God.
Our paths may be diverted from the ones that we would have chosen, but we look back to see that God turns situations and circumstances around for our good and his glory. We may be misunderstood, lonely, abandoned, misrepresented, ignored, underutilized. But God…
God uses it for good.