Sovereignty of God

Understanding Romans 8:28 Through the Story of Joseph

Many times when I think about the story of Joseph I am reminded about how this life is full of choices. This has to be one of the greatest rags to riches stories of all time. Joseph was hated by his brothers. They wanted to kill him, yet instead they throw him into slavery. Yet in spite of this, He is bought by Potiphar and made the overseer over Potiphar’s house. What the devil planned for evil, God turned around for Joseph’s good.

Sadly, He is later falsely accused of adultery by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. I can imagine his thoughts. He could have blamed God. It seemed like nothing could go right with him. Yet despite this, He finds favor with the Pharaoh and becomes the second in command in all of Egypt.

Romans 8:28 tells us, “28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Many times when people quote Romans 8:28 they talk about how God places hardship on someone’s life to teach them a lesson and then later work out something good. My friend that is not what this verse is saying. It was the evil intentions of his brothers that caused Joseph to be sold into slavery. God never designed for that to happen. We have to go back to the fundamentals and realize that the devil is bad and God is good.

19572_Romans_828Simply because something happens does not mean it was God’s will. God has given us the ability to chose and make decisions in this life. Potiphar’s wife and Joseph’s brothers made a choice. Later they regretted that decision and had to live with it. Joseph chose to follow God, and God made him a leader in Egypt.

God wants to do the same for you. Maybe you’re in a rough spot in life. Things didn’t happen the way you thought they would. I’m here to tell you that God is going to work something positive out of this.

Hardship was never God’s original plan. It could have been easy for Joseph to blame God for his situation. Instead he remained faithful towards God. Keep your head up. There is always a positive in ever negative situation. No matter what you go through in this life you can know that God will work this out for your good.

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