“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people” (Genesis 50:20, NLT).

Joseph’s story inspires me, with the twists and turns, imprisonments and good times. I marvel he didn’t get angry with God or give up hope with so many setbacks and seemingly impossible situations. The biggest twist is at the end, when we learn God worked everything out to save Joseph’s family, the whole nation that would come after and through his lineage, Christ would be born to save the entire world.

Perhaps God gave Joseph some glimmer of hope to keep him going – at some point, he forgave his brothers and saw the big picture: the evil his brothers did to him would be redeemed by the God he held onto and trusted from childhood. God’s purpose for all the evil in our world is redemption, lovingly planned from before the beginning by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Joseph recognized by his brothers, by Léon Pie...

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