Daily Devotion

THE GREATER GOOD

It was a long and daunting journey. The final celebration took years to fulfill. It is the story of a man who was misunderstood and severely mistreated.
 
We are talking about the life of Joseph recorded in the last 13 chapters of Genesis. In the concluding chapter we find the reunion of his dysfunctional family in Egypt.
 
When Joseph had the chance to avenge the wrongs of his brothers, he displayed amazing grace instead. This is what he told his brothers—
 
            ““You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to
              accomplish what is now being  done, the saving of many lives.””
              (50:20)
 
Perhaps this story has a familiar ring to it. Centuries later another man would be misunderstood and sorely mistreated. His destiny was a cross. Yet these are the words He spoke from that position toward those who treated Him so severely—
 
            ““Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.””
              (Luke 23:34a)
 
What occurred in the life and death of Jesus Christ also resulted in the “saving of many lives.” What His enemies intended for harm resulted in a great good!
 
REFLECTION: God’s plans are always destined for good.
 
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