“What interests me so much about the characters of the Bible is that they make mistakes but God uses them anyway, in important ways. Nobody’s perfect, but God can even use our imperfection.” - Fred Rogers
One of the most unfathomable aspects of God is His ability to use fallen man to accomplish His purposes. Even a life that is moral and outstanding, is still full of sin, disobedience, and failure. These attributes are just part of our very nature. Yet in the midst of our failures, God’s grace is actively at work making us usable for His Glory.
As you read through the pages of Scripture, you will see this very character of God on display. Broken, sinful lives are used to accomplish God’s will. This does not mean God smiles on sin or that He is winking at wrong, but it does show the amazing grace and mercy our God has.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Samson, Gideon, Peter, and more are all pictures of God using men in spite of their failures and shortcomings. Clearly, God is interested in accomplishing and fulfilling His purposes, but it is amazing that He is willing to use us.
I will never forget the first time God allowed me to lead a soul to Christ. The desire to see my classmates come to Christ was there, but fear was very prohibitive. When I was in eighth grade shop class, God enabled me to share the Gospel with a friend, who then accepted Christ. Within a week, I had led three more to Christ and was addicted to evangelism. Looking back on that time now, I see the wonder of this event. God took my rudimentary understanding of Scripture and my willing heart, looked beyond my failures, and used me to make an eternal difference in someone else’s life.
In our text, Joseph’s ten older brothers are sorry. There really is no other way to put it. They sold him into slavery and have covered it up all these years. Their conscience is eating them up, and every major negative thing that happens is, in their mind, a result of their mistreatment of Joseph. Cryptically, Joseph leads his brothers to a place where they can receive the truth. The reality that he was alive and thriving would come as a shock to them. Their evil intentions were used for good… what a mind blowing concept.
God took their evil intentions and made them accomplish good. What is further incredible is the fact that Joseph recognized God’s goodness to use the circumstances and situations of his life to accomplish this good. Unbeknownst to the brothers, in their evil behavior God was working to get His will done. In this case, it was In spite of the brother’s evil intentions. God is just that amazing. He has the ability to take our lack luster efforts and even our failures and make something amazing out of it.
My prayer for you today is that you will recognize God’s willingness to work in your life. He has a plan and purpose for everything He brings your way, trust Him. Be willing to be used of Him. Don’t allow His working to be in spite of you, but through you. How? Humbly submit to His will and His leading every single day. “...Not my will, but thine, be done.” - Luke 22:42b
Daily Scripture Reading
Genesis 43 - 45
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.”