“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:20–21

They were a sorry lot. Joseph’s brothers were well aware of their shady past—the gossiping and complaining, the plotting and selling their younger brother into slavery, followed by years of lying and denial while Joseph lived in a distant, pagan land. Now that their father had died, they were worried Joseph might seek revenge. Begging him for mercy was their only plausible option.

Apparently they still didn’t know their younger brother. Though their deeds had been vile, Joseph had flourished under Your divine guidance. And Joseph was ready to repay them—not with the vengeance and punishment they deserved, but with the same kindness and goodness that You, God, had shown him.

It’s Your  incredible story of mercy and forgiveness, of seeing beyond the immediate situation to the eternal perspective—a story that I see again in the life of You, Jesus. Unlike Joseph, You were  perfect. Yet the people You came to save plotted against You, cursed and killed You. Like Joseph, You saw beyond the evil done to You to the supremely sovereign and good hand of Your Father, God. Joseph’s hard-learned truth rang even more powerfully through Your sacrifice: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

What painful circumstances surround your life today? Will you see yourself as a victim of misfortune, or will you find the hand of your Savior using your troubles for a greater good?