Intended for Good

Jan. 25, 2020

Scripture Readings

You’re up against a wall: you can feel the bricks behind you. They are damp and unmoving. But stepping forward leaves your toes pressed up against more of the same hardened stone. “Oh,” you whisper with sorrow that coats a sobering realization.


These are not bricks.

It all rushes back to you.

The brothers. The coat. The collusion. The cistern.


What do you do when there are no exit strategies? When the walls of a sunbaked reservoir climb too high for you to pull yourself out? When you’re carried to a cavern in caravans of betrayal?


What do you do when no amount of brute strength, strategic planning, excel spreadsheets or charismatic persuasion helps you coax your way out? Fear threatens to drown you, despair threatens to crush you, and the chant of discouragement won’t rid your ringing ears. 


Suddenly, you remember the words of Joseph, whose story is not unlike yours: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”


There is a release of hope because of Jesus’ rescue mission. There is a re-ignition of joy because of a shepherd who uses suffering to shape his servants. There is a realization that your story is part of his grander, redemptive narrative. 


He’s not finished with you yet. 


And he intends it all for good.


This is the truth that sustained Joseph in every circumstance of his life. What it did for him, so it can do for you. 


All the glory be to the God who saves.

Nicole Berg

Young Adults Pastor