Keeping the Faith

I don’t know about you but sometimes I need some encouragement and a reminder that God is aware of what’s going on in the world and in my life.  One of the ways I get those reminders sometimes are through one of several verse of the day emails I subscribe to.  Recently a verse that was shared was from Genesis 50.  If you remember, the last part of Genesis is all about the amazing leader Joseph who started his life loved by his father and subject to the jealousy of his brothers.  As a result of that jealousy, the brothers shipped Joseph off to Egypt to work as a slave (or whatever, they didn’t care).  The story turns out however, that after much struggle and years of just trying to get by and stay alive, Joseph became a leader and hero and saved lots of people’s lives.  The verse goes:

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

I love this verse because it’s such a reminder of God’s ability to turn anything into good.  There’s very little that God can’t fix, but sometimes He chooses not to fix it right away, or to let us exercise our freedom of choice and lets the bad decisions we make stand as a record and reminder.  That said, it’s not to say that the bad things that we’ve done or were done to us can’t be turned into good.  I’ve heard countless stories of people who were really falling down in life and reached their rock bottom to finally turn their life around and help others do the same.  The people who aren’t able to turn their lives around are sad reminders that we live in a sinful world.

If you’re going through a rough patch in your life, make sure to ask God for guidance and to give you the strength to get through it to the other side.  Don’t give up before you’ve seen what God has waiting for you on the other side.

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