As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good… Genesis 50:20
What comforting words! What God-exalting words! Think about it: when Jospeh uttered these words, he was speaking 17 years after he first revealed himself to his brothers who had sold him into slavery. He never lost hope in the good, sovereign hand of Yahweh. Even when he first revealed himself to his brothers, Joseph pointed to the sovereignty of God over the events of his life 4x in Genesis 45:-9 (…God sent me… God sent me… it was not you who sent me here, but God… God has made me lord of all Egypt…).
Joseph understood the sovereignty of God over his life, even over all the tragedies that he experienced. Joseph knew that God was orchestrating every detail of his life for God’s glory, Joseph’s good, and the good of others. All of the suffering that Joseph experienced would end up bringing good to those in Egypt and his own family.
In his hymn God Moves in a Mysterious Way, William Cowper says-
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform
He plants his footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Keep it fresh in your mind that God is in control of everything. Remind yourself often. God does move in mysterious ways. So don’t be afraid! Take fresh courage! Those dark clouds of suffering and pain and hardship and struggle and grief, the ones that we all dread, they are big with mercy and they shall break in blessings on your head. Those clouds that we dread are swollen, they’re bloated, they’re about to burst at the seams, and when they do, they will shower down a torrential downpour of blessings on you, both in this life and the next.
Trust me on this one: You can trust Him. You can trust Jesus.
The clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy… because of Jesus.