Today, as we continued looking at the life of Jacob, we came to the story of Jacob's son, Joseph. We are told that Jacob loved Joseph very much, and to show his love he gave Joseph a special, colorful coat...
This gesture of love made Joseph's brothers very jealous, and they decided to sell their own brother into slavery and convince their dad that he was dead.
Many years later, after years of prosperity, mixed with times of hardship, Joseph ended up second in command to Pharaoh. When a famine came upon the land, Joseph's brothers went to Egypt for help and were once again united with the brother they had gotten rid of.
When his brothers beg for forgiveness, Joseph responded with these famous words, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good." Genesis 50:20
This lesson is a great reminder to us that God desires to take our difficulties and turn them into good. He wants to use the struggles and trials of life for His glory in our lives... we just need to trust that He will.
As we come closer to Christmas (16 days away!!!), may we remember this truth and that the ultimate reality of it is found in baby Jesus. The world was at one time perfect, and when sin entered in, it shattered that perfection...
BUT, God would turn everything around, He would defeat sin by sending His very own Son, as a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem, into the world to save it! Christmas is the perfect expression of bringing good out of bad... bringing light into darkness!
May we thank God today that He always work things out for the good of those who love Him! (Romans 8:28)
Our Jesse Tree is looking good :)