God Meant It for Good

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God Meant It for Good

Gen. 50:15-21

Once Israel died, his sons feared Joseph’s retaliation. While Joseph had been hurt by their evil, he viewed his suffering role as critical in the good God was doing.

CONTEXT

  • Genesis portrays God’s promise coming true through Abraham’s growing family.
  • Abraham’s great-grandson, Joseph, was favored by his father and yet despised by his brothers.
  • Though Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, God’s favor promoted him in Egypt to the second-in-command.
  • A great famine caused Joseph’s brothers to approach him for aid while being unaware of his identity.

CONTENT

  • Unconfessed sin increases a guilty conscience and maintains a fearful suspicion.
  • The God-focused believer is able to accept the role of sufferer for the benefit of others.
  • God kept his covenant through the suffering of the innocent.

CONCEPT

  • Holding a grudge reveals that I believe God should forgive my sins against him but not others’ sins against me.
  • God is far more capable than I am to determine the appropriation of justice.
  • God is so completely sovereign that he can even use the sinful actions of others for good.
  • One of the most challenging steps in discipleship is learning how to embrace your suffering for the glory of God and for the good of others.

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.