After Joseph’s father died, his brothers were worried about their fate in Egypt. They had this worry, because they remembered that years ago, while Joseph was still a young man, they sold him into slavery (Genesis 37). His brothers had done this, because Joseph was his father’s favourite son. In addition, Joseph had shared a dream with them, where he saw his entire family bowing down to him.
“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.””(Genesis 50:15). Many people will be worried that as God raises us up, that we will be in a position to pay them back, for the wrongs that they have done to us. It is a good thing that we adhere to the principle of not rendering evil for evil, but to repay evil with good (1 Peter 3:9).
It is extremely difficult, when we are experiencing trials and testing, to imagine that anything good can come from it. There are still challenges that we have encountered, that we can’t quite come to terms with how, this has served any purpose. How can such painful situations possibly bring about any good?
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,” (2 Corinthians 4:17) Some of our afflictions, feel anything but light and some of our misfortunes, have left us feeling scarred. When we surrender our hurts to God, then he is able to turn things around for our good.
God can use our worst experiences, to minister and bring light to others, who maybe hurting in similar ways. It is a process of refining, that makes us ready to be used and being patient within the process. Knowing that all the while, God is working to make it all for our good. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).