God Is For You (Weekend Devotional)

May 18, 2013 | Tags: ,

If God is for us, who can be against us?

-Romans 8:31 NIV

As a child of Jesus Christ, don’t ever doubt that God is for you. Sometimes, it may not see that way. But God sees the bigger picture that you and I cannot see. He sees our struggles and failures way differently than we see them. He uses them as opportunities to grow our faith and trust in Him. If we begin to view them this way too, we too will experience the power of God through adverse circumstances.

In Genesis, Joseph had a most difficult experience with his brothers, Jacob’s sons. As a teenager, they threw him into an empty well, then sold him into slavery. He was then purchased by Potiphar where he served faithfully and diligently in his home, only to be thrown into prison for a crime he never committed against Potiphar’s wife. Eventually, he was brought out of prison to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh, where he gained tremendous respect and was placed second in command of all of Egypt. After several years, Joseph came face to face with his brothers again. He certainly could have held onto bitterness and anger for all those years that their actions put him through, but he did not. Instead, he said to them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children” (Gen. 50:20-21 NIV).

Though his years of struggle, Joseph learned a very powerful lesson–the power of God to turn any bad circumstance around for good. God still does this today for you and me, but we must cooperate with Him in the process, just as Joseph did. Instead of focusing on the circumstance, which seems unfair, we must turn our focus to God. What does He want to teach us while we are going through this time of difficulty? He has all the power to turn it around for His good. We need to trust Him and begin to seek Him through the turmoil. We need to thank Him in advance that He already knows how to accomplish His good through it. We need to realize He is for us always.

By Courtney Silberman

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