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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.

— Genesis 50:20
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Good from Bad

Adapted from the resource Closer to God Each Day Devotional - by Joyce Meyer
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God wants to restore your soul. The closer you get to Him, the more you experience His healing, strengthening, restoring power. He’ll take you back to where your life got off track and make everything right from that moment forward.

Joseph is the classic biblical example of how God takes what was meant for evil against us and works it for our good. In that dramatic scene where Joseph is speaking in Genesis 50:20, he tells his brothers that the evil they meant to do to him (and it was truly evil), God had used for good to save them and their families and hundreds of thousands of others in a time of famine.

In my own life, I cannot truthfully say I am glad I was abused. But through the power of forgiveness and yielding my pain to God, He has healed me and made me a better, stronger, more spiritually powerful and sensitive person. He has restored my soul and driven out the fear and insecurity.

I can trust, love, forgive, and live with simplicity in my approach to life because God has restored my soul, and He can do the same thing for you.

Prayer Starter: Thank You, Father, for being a God of restoration. Right now, I commit all of my pain and disappointments to You. I ask You to take the negative things that have happened in my life—including any difficult circumstances in the present—and work them out for my good. I know You love me and that You always have my best interest in mind. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Biblical Commentary James and Ephesians