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God's Providence

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  Genesis 50:20 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Sometimes life is difficult. A death occurs, health issues arise, a child goes astray, or the job ends.

When life gets difficult, our minds get busy trying to process it all. When faced with trials, imagining any good coming from them is hard. All the while, God’s providence is at work bringing about His will for our lives and His glory. 

Joseph, the son of Jacob, is a good example of God bringing good out of bad circumstances. He was thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers, sold into Egyptian slavery, falsely accused of rape, and imprisoned. Through it all, God was with him. Joseph rose to prominence as the highest official under Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt. During Egypt’s seven-year famine, he was responsible for saving many lives, including his brothers. He forgave them, and the family reunited and settled in Egypt. Joseph understood that what his brothers intended for harm, God intended for good.

Our Heavenly Father governs the world—upholding heaven and earth by His power, yet a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice. Our lives are not left to the whims of chance. We are created by a God who knows the number of hairs on our head. As Christians, we can be confident Jesus will be with us through every trial we face. 

If you are facing trials, remember God is in control and can bring good out of your circumstances. Jesus promises to be with you through every trial you face. 

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Susan Ferguson

Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who resides in Madison, Mississippi, with her husband. She is an accountant by profession, but loves to share her faith through writing. She writes devotionals for www.knittedtogetherbygod.com and is a member of www.faithwriters.com where she participates in their daily devotional.