I was reading in the Bible today the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers and how many years later he had opportunity to save them from the famine that hit Egypt. What stuck out to me about the whole story was how in Genesis 45 when Joseph revealed to his brothers who he was, he immediately told them, “…do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.”
After the years of slavery and imprisonment Joseph had every right to seek revenge. But he didn’t, why?
Joseph realized that his ways were not God’s ways that is why. But he also realized that his brother’s ways were not God’s either. Joseph saw the bigger picture of what God was doing.
Sometimes it is hard to see what God is doing when life sucks and there are problems all around us. However, if we can focus and see through it all we can see God’s bigger purposes in all of it. It is hard to see, but it is there.