What Satan Meant for Evil…

Joseph had it tough.  Sold into slavery, sent into exile, slandered, imprisoned.  Every time he got a leg up he got knocked back down.  But in the end he was in the right place at the right time and God used him to save His people.

You can look at this and come to the conclusion that God’s plan included all the evil that came to him, that God did, or let’s say allowed, these things to happen to him.  But I think it’s clear that none of this was God’s idea.  It was Satan’s evil work.  But God in the end turned it around and brought a good result out of the evil that Satan did.  He brought victory out of defeat.  It was all God’s doing.  The only thing that Joseph had to do was not give up, not let defeat settle in, not turn his back on God.

That’s what God does.  He turns defeat into victory, sometimes in spectacular ways.  Circumstances conspire and we find ourselves way behind at the half.  But that’s not the end of the game.  He has victory planned for us.  He doesn’t want us to win in overtime.  He doesn’t want us to win by a field goal as time expires.  He wants to run up the score.

About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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3 Responses to What Satan Meant for Evil…

  1. manoahswife says:

    Thank you for the reminder! Needed to hear that today. So easy to forget that when you are hip deep in alligators, you started out to drain the swamp! Going back to focus on the victory. Thanks again.

  2. manoahswife says:

    It did. Hope you don’t mind but I posted this to my Facebook page for others who may need to hear the same encouraging word.

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