God’s Purpose

Romans Chapter 8 Verse 28 –     And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.   

Most of us know the account of Joseph and the coat of many colors in the Bible (Genesis 37-50).  Joseph was a young boy who was hated by his brothers not only because he was his father’s favorite but Joseph was also a bit of a “tattle tale”.    In addition, the LORD gave Joseph prophetic dreams which resulted in Joseph being a bit prideful which added to his brother’s jealousy of him.

One day his brothers conspired to kill him, but they ended up selling him into slavery instead.   Then they lied to their father and told him that Joseph must have been eaten by a wild animal.

Joseph went through many years of hardship, but the LORD was with him and blessed him.    Ultimately, Joseph become second in command to the Pharaoh in Egypt and God used him in a mighty way to save the lives of not only his family but the lives of the Egyptians as well.

Nobody would seek to bear the hardships (hated by family, false accusations, slavery, jail, etc) that Joseph endured, however, in the end, GOD used it to save lives and bring glory to HIS name.   This is exactly what today’s verse reminds us, that “All things work together for good.”    Who does this apply to?  To those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Maybe you are going through a difficult time today.  You may have trials that you are going through.  If you love the Lord, then rejoice and have hope today even while you are in that tough situation.  Just as GOD was with Joseph, HE is with us!  Be encouraged as you remember that GOD has a plan and that HE works ALL things for the good for those who love HIM and are called according to HIS purpose!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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