June 10, 2020
It’s nearly impossible to see God’s providence in one’s life by looking at a few isolated incidents. The circumstances, disappointments, and successes Joseph experienced in Genesis make no sense, observes Alistair Begg, until we read how God providentially overruled the events of his life. Like Joseph, believers can trust that God is working all things together for good, ultimately conforming those who love Him to the image of His Son.
15When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people2 should be kept alive, as they are today. 21So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
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