20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. – Genesis 50:20-21
Joseph’s response to his brothers after their father’s death surely surprised them. I know it is surprising to me even still. I can’t help but wonder as I read it and ask if he might have responded differently if he had confronted them sooner. What if they had come to visit him while he was sitting in a Egyptian jail serving a term brought about by false charges? Would he have still felt this way then?
Joseph’s healthy perspective on the matter came from being able to look back and see all that God had done. We can learn from this as well. Many people get concerned that they haven’t been able to forgive or move on or get past some difficulty or problem with themselves or others. Let me assure you that the promise of God to work things for good for them that love Him and are called according to His purpose has been shown to be true, just like all of His promises are. If you cannot see the good in your situation, it probably just means you aren’t at the end of it yet. Don’t despair. God won’t leave you there and He will be with you through it all. Remember we walk by faith, not by sight. We know that God will do what He has promised. Living that out is our walk of faith.