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Good Overcomes Evil
Read Genesis 42:1 through 45:28
Slavery is a heinous crime, still being perpetuated today. Escapees tell unbelievable horror stories. Despite professional help to overcome their experiences, they rarely reach the top rungs on the leadership ladder.
Joseph was an exception. He was seventeen when his brothers sold him for twenty shekels of silver. They believed they would never see him again and therefore compounded their crime by telling their father he died.
With God’s help, Joseph survived and thrived. Can you imagine his brothers’ feelings when they encountered him years later? They feared for their lives. In human terms they were right to. But Joseph’s relationship with God was strong. He actually encouraged them.
“Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives God sent me ahead of you” (Genesis 45:5).
With God’s help, any situation, including evil ones, can be used for good.
Challenge for Today: Research Christian organizations that work to end slavery; ask the Holy Spirit to guide your response.
Quicklook: Genesis 45:1–11
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Prayer is our link with God, an awesome avenue through which we can express praise and adoration to Him for His goodness, love, and mercy; and an avenue through which we can voice our petitions and concerns. God's Word assures us that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer also moves the hand of God on behalf of needs and circumstances in our church, our families, our community, nation, and world. Take time to pray and intercede for these areas as God leads you. Become part of a prayer group and intercede with others in times of corporate prayer. As you seek God's help, expect reports of great victory to follow as God answers prayer.
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