I wish I could see the whole picture. I wish I could see how all of the pieces of my life are fitting together and where, specifically, things are heading. But, of course, I can’t.
I take great comfort, however, in the knowledge that God knows every step (see Psalm 139:1-5). The Lord not only knows the trajectory of my life, but it is a trajectory of His design. For some, this is a confusing notion once we admit that our life will include profound adversity and suffering.
As I read the Book of Genesis, and as I examine the life of Joseph, I am encouraged to be patient as the Lord works out His plan for my life. God allowed Joseph to endure some harsh things, but He managed those circumstances to bring about a most blessed result.
Joseph eventually became the Governor of Egypt, but only after being sold by his brothers to merchants, being betrayed by his master’s wife, and being forgotten by a man he had helped. I doubt very much that when these “bad things” were happening to Joseph that he was excited about the trajectory of God’s providence in his life. But in the end, Joseph was able to see the big picture and confess that what others meant for “evil”, God “meant for good” (Genesis 50:20).
The apostle Paul assures us that God is “causing all things to work together for good for those who love God, for those called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). In the life of Joseph, we get an example of what this looks like.
Do you love God? Are you a follower of Jesus Christ? If the answer is ‘Yes’, you have every reason to be confident about the future. Difficult times may still lie ahead, but even the harshest of circumstances will be used by God to bring about an outcome that blesses you and glorifies Him.