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 hard, a death occurs, a family crisis happens, or the job ends.  When trials befall us, life can seem out of control, and it is hard to imagine any good coming from them.  We do not always understand why they happen, and we can become discouraged.  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 are created by God, who calls us by name, (Isaiah 43:1) and who knows the number of hairs on our head. 
Joseph, the favored son of Jacob, is a good example of God’s providence and how He can take the worst possible circumstance and turn it into something good.  Joseph was thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers, sold into slavery and taken to Egypt, falsely accused of misconduct, and imprisoned.  Throughout it all, he chose to trust God.  And God blessed him with success.  After interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, Joseph rose to prominence as the highest official under the king.  During Egypt’s seven-year famine, he was responsible for saving many lives, including his brothers.  Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery, and the family reunited and settled in Egypt.  He understood that what they 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 Joseph’s example of faithfulness in hard circumstances.  Thank You that You can bring good out of any circumstance we face.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


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.