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But God

Anchor Devotional - 04.04.18

“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

No matter what evil comes against me, God can use those same plans for my good. Can I really believe that? Yep… because He alone is God. In my finite mind, this thinking just doesn’t make sense. That’s where faith comes in. Do I want to trust Him and His plans, or go back to only what I can see? It’s often in the unseen—in what He is doing behind the scenes—that His glory shines.

What Joseph’s brothers meant for evil, God intended for good. You can almost hear Joseph speaking the words of mercy and forgiveness to his wayward brothers: “Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children.”

Now listen to how God speaks to us through this story. When Joseph was stripped of his robe (37:23), was sold for a few pieces of silver (v. 28), delivered the people from death (41:57, 45:7), and forgave those who sinned against him (45:5), God gave us a glimpse ahead to His precious Son Jesus who would do all that and more for our eternal good and the saving of many. Praise Him that “many” includes you and me!

Scripture Focus

Genesis 50:1-21


I don’t understand why things sometimes go against me. But God does, and He will use it somehow for His glory and my good.

Read the Bible

  • Deuteronomy 30-31
  • Psalm 94
  • Acts 18