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Genesis 45:4-5, 8
Genesis 50:20

"And he said, ‘I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life…
So it was not you who sent me here, but God.’”

“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.”

I want to see suffering the way Joseph did.
I want to remember the difficult times God has already redeemed,
and let it give me faith for current and future trials.
Because keeping God’s sovereignty in view is the difference
between bitterness and true, redemptive-minded forgiveness.
It’s the difference between being ‘”ruined” and being surrendered.
And the effect is a patient, God-ward hope in even the most horrific of circumstances. 
The effect is peace. 
It’s faith.  It’s love.  It’s kindness.
It’s provision for the so many things we didn’t even know we were lacking.
I’m so grateful that God can transform sin by us and against us,
and turn it into unforeseen mercies.
And if our current trials are not mercies yet,
we have the ultimate example in the Cross.
Out of so much sin came the greatest mercy of all.
It has changed everything, and it will change everything.

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I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!”
– Psalm 27:13-14

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“It is a saying of Luther: ‘The sea of God’s mercies should swallow up all our particular afflictions.’
Name any affliction that is upon you: there is a sea of mercy to swallow it up.
If you pour a pailful of water on the floor of your house, it makes a great show
but if you throw it into the sea, there is no sign of it.
So, afflictions considered in themselves, we think are very great,
but let them be considered with the sea of God’s mercies we enjoy,
and then they are not so much,
they are nothing in comparison.”
~ Jeremiah Burroughs

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