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Genesis 45:1–7 ‘It was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.’ (v5)

Today we see God’s good plan and purpose come to full light. Who could have thought when Joseph was sold as a slave that God had a good plan, and yet Joseph himself tells his brothers not to berate themselves because God’s plan was good.

God’s plan was to protect the family that the brothers had torn apart. God takes our lives and redeems and restores the parts that need it and uses it all for His glory. It is a wonderful and glorious truth that we never get close to the end of God’s resources.

He is very able to bring good out of every situation because His character is good. He can only be true to Himself, so He cannot be anything other than good. If this is true, then all fear can be banished, for what do we have to fear if God is for us?

It was to save lives that Joseph was sold as a slave. It was to save lives that he ended up in prison wrongly accused. It was to save lives he was forgotten by the cupbearer. How different the outcomes could have been without Joseph and God’s work in his life.


A Prayer to Make:
‘Thank You, Lord, that You are always able to bring good out of even the most trying circumstances. Amen.’

Scripture to Consider:
Ps. 145:1–7; Joel 2:25–27; Rom. 8:33–36; Eph. 3:20–21; Phil. 2:12–15

An Action to Take:
Come up with a phrase that reflects your story and God’s good plan. For Joseph: ‘It was to save lives.’ What is your phrase?

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.