For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Genesis 50:17–21 (ESV)
‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.” ’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
1. The cause of all suffering and evil is our own sin and rebellion. “....You meant evil against me?”
2. Evil and suffering are not “out of control.” A benevolent,
loving God is sovereign over it.
3. This is telling the greater story of Christ on the cross
“....to bring it about that many people should be kept alive (saved).”
Acts 2:22–24 (ESV)
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 4. All suffering is working for the GOOD for you
1. We don’t know...
2. God loves you more than you love anything
3. Sovereign power, grace rescues us from the deadly delusion of self-sovereignty
4. Leads us to worship
2 Corinthians 8:9 (ESV)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.