But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” – Genesis 50:19-20
After Jacob died, Joseph’s brothers were concerned that he might take revenge on them for all the cruel things they had done to him. While there are many godly principles we might draw from Joseph’s life history, in this response, I see two more.
First, there is no place for revenge in the heart of those who follow Christ. Jesus freely forgave and so must we. If it were not possible, He would have told us. Second, God may allow us to suffer to achieve His sovereign plan and purpose. We may be martyred, endure persecution, or just simply be ridiculed in order that others might find eternal life with the Savior. After all, hope (particularly, in the face of adversity) invites inquiry from those who do not have it.
Why must we firmly grasp these truths? With these principles in mind, a child of God will know the freedom to serve wherever and whenever God may send.
At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found. – Hudson Taylor
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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