Intended To Harm
“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)
Joseph spoke these words to his brothers who sold him into slavery. God had a plan in all of it and rather than take revenge, Joseph taught the lesson he learned to his brothers. (For a more detailed look at Joseph’s life, please see our series, Joseph: 20/20 Vision.) One of the greatest lessons from Joseph’s story is that what someone may have intended for harm, God can intend for good—and God’s intentions overwrite our intentions every time.
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
No matter the situation, no matter the attack or how dark things seem, we too can be content in every situation, by Christ’s strength—not our own. God can and will use anything in our lives to bring about His purpose. It doesn’t mean that people won’t try to cause us harm, but we have peace in knowing that what others intend for harm, God can intend for good. Know that you can be content in every situation—whether someone is trying to cause you harm or times are tough or the outlook seems bleak—because Christ gives you strength. God is always with you and He can and will work through the bad to bring about His purpose in your life.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.