As I finished Genesis tonight, something jumped out at me. Genesis 50;20 says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

We have all asked the question, why do bad things happen? In part, here is our answer. If you don’t remember, let me refresh you on what is going on in the last few chapters of Genesis. Joseph, son of Jacob, is considered for murder, hidden in a well and then finally sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Pretty low on the “I’m having a great day” totem pole. But in the years to follow, Joseph eventually interprets dreams for the Pharoah of Egypt regarding 7 fruitful years followed by 7 years of famine and by doing this finds favor in the Pharoah’s eyes and is put in charge of all of Egypt. He becomes the Pharoah’s right hand man with just about as much power as the Pharoah himself.

This all comes back around so that Joseph is able to save his family and many others by the power that was given to him, all because his brothers treated him so poorly and sold him into slavery. I go back to the verse that I quoted earlier, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” God uses trials and tribulations, problems and setbacks, health and sickness for good. God can use the worst thing that has ever happened to you, and use it for something beautiful.

The next time you find yourself in the middle of a valley, stuck in a problem, wondering if things will ever go right; trust that God is preparing you for something much greater. He is preparing you to be a witness and a servant in His greater plan, His greater purpose. Trust Him, and live!