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. Gen. 50:20 ESV
Out of sheer jealousy, Joseph's brothers got rid of him by selling him as a slave. They told Jacob, their father, that a wild animal devoured him. In Egypt, Joseph had a hard time: first, he was a slave of Potiphar, and then he spent years in prison. Ultimately, he was appointed to the palace where he could save his family from hunger. God allowed his crisis for a reason! That is why Joseph said these profound words: what you meant for evil, God used for good!
Accept the fact that your crisis holds some purpose. For example, you can learn from it; you can grow through it; you can take stock of your life; you can reorder your priorities. God is not actively punishing us through our crises. No, He allows them; He uses them for His purpose; He lets everything “work together for good”. Do not waste your crises, therefore; work with them! Ask the Lord to show you the growth point in the trouble you are facing.
Faithful God, I don't know what the purpose of this crisis can be. It looks so meaningless! Help me, though, to find meaning in this season. Teach me what I should learn here; teach me to surrender to You, to trust completely. Draw me nearer to You during this time, in Jesus’ Name, amen.
MEDITATE TODAY: A crisis has a purpose.
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