Has something bad ever happened to you and you thought, I don’t know why this is happening to me, but I just know something good is going to come from it? I’m sure you haven’t. In most cases, I believe the answer would be no. That’s because no one gets excited when bad things happen to them. But when you consider Joseph’s words to his brothers in Genesis 50:20, and the story of Moses’ early life, and how he was rescued from the Nile River as a baby, it’s easy to see how these words make sense. Because they were jealous of him, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and lied by telling their father he had been killed by wild animals. Years later, when a famine struck their land, the brothers found themselves pleading for relief before a ruler they later learned was their own brother. Joseph had found favor with Pharaoh and was elevated to second-in-command; only Pharaoh was above him. Later, Joseph told his brothers: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (New Living Translation). When Pharaoh issued a decree that all infant boys under age 2 be drowned in the Nile River, Moses’ mother sent him floating down the river in a basket, hoping her child would be rescued. When he was retrieved from the river, baby Moses was presented to Pharaoh’s daughter to raise, but placed in the care of his biological mother, a servant, who nursed him. Moses, as we know, grew to become God’s chosen leader of His people, the Israelites. Today, life’s circumstances may have you feeling abandoned and betrayed like Joseph, or like Moses—threatened, aimless and helplessly drifting with no clear purpose or destination in sight. But let me encourage you that there is a blessing in being vulnerable. Vulnerability forces us to lean on our faith in God. Joseph and Moses were vulnerable victims to their circumstances, yet God turned their situations around for their good, and others as well. He’ll do the same for you. If you will exercise your faith and trust God, you will begin to have a different perspective regarding the challenges you face—regardless of how bad things appear. Instead of looking at the negativity they present, you’ll think on the positive that can come from them. You’ll realize that, while there are things that may threaten to bring you down and block your progress, the truth is they can’t kill you. Ultimately, God will use them to bless you—to promote you and elevate you to greatness for His glory.

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