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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Sometimes life is difficult, a death occurs, health issues arise, a child goes astray, or the job ends. During such times our minds are busy, trying to process it all. When faced with trails, it's hard to imagine any good coming from them. All the while, God's providence is at work bringing about His will for our lives and His glory.

Our Heavenly Father governs the world, upholding heaven and earth by His power, yet a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice. Our lives are not left to the whims of chance. We were created by God, who knows the number of hairs on our head. (Matthew 10:29-30). As Christians, we can be confident that Jesus will be with us through every trial we face.

Joseph, the son of Jacob, is a good example of God bringing good out of bad circumstances. He was thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers, sold into Egyptian slavery, falsely accused of rape and imprisoned. Throughout it all, God was with him. Joseph rose to prominence as the highest official under Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt. During Egypt's seven-year famine, he was responsible for saving many lives, including his brothers. He forgave his brothers, and the family reunited and settled in Egypt. Joseph understood that what his brothers intended for harm, God intended for good.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20)

Father, thank You for the story of Joseph, a reminder of Your providence, and that You can bring good out of any circumstance. In Jesus' name. Amen.

SUSAN FERGUSON

Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.