Have you ever been victimized by a close friend? Perhaps a family member? Has your status in the family, team, or group caused the green-eyed monster to rise with rage against you?
If so, welcome to the human herd.
The Book of Genesis gives the account of Joseph, the chosen of his father as the favorite and also prepared by God for a world-class job, saving the infant nation of Israel. Near the end of Joseph’s saga, his brother, who had sold him as a slave, found themselves under any sentence Joseph would pronounce against them.
When they voiced their fear that he would have them executed, Joseph gave them one of the grandest grace verses in the Bible. Here’s his statement:
Genesis 50:20 "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (NKJV).
This verse is often used to comfort people who are going through tough times brought on by envious people. While browsing, I came across this comment on Genesis 50:20 by Max Lucado:
“Joseph told his brothers, using a Hebrew verb that traces its meaning to “weave” or “plait.”
“You wove evil,” he was saying, “but God rewove it together for good.”
God, is the Master Weaver. He stretches the yarn and intertwines the colors, the ragged twine with the velvet strings, the pains with the pleasures. Nothing escapes His reach. Every king, despot, weather pattern, and molecule are at His command. He passes the shuttle back and forth across the generations, and as He does, a design emerges. Satan weaves; God reweaves.”
You see this principle working all through the Bible, and if you are observant, you have been through it! Perhaps you are experiencing it in your life now.
When we studiously avoid vengeance against those who do us wrong, we set the hand of the Divine Reweaver free to work his wonder in our life and often the experience of many others.
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