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JosephOne of the most comforting truths, yet perhaps mysterious, is God’s sovereign control over any harmful acts of others toward us.  He can and does restrain such acts; we do not always understand why such acts prevail at one time and are restrained at another.  However, we can be assured that through God’s infinite wisdom and love, our good is the ultimate intention.

A familiar classic illustration is found in the story of Joseph.  When Joseph’s brothers decided to sell him into slavery God did not restrain them.  Neither did He restrain Potiphar’s wife when she maliciously and unjustly accused him.  But in God’s time He turned those circumstances around.  God was orchestrating the wicked acts of people exactly as He planned in order to accomplish His purpose through Joseph.  In the end, Joseph could look back over all the difficult events and say to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  (Genesis 50:20)

God is never the author of sin, but sin can never thwart His plans.  Paul said, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”  (Romans 15:4)

Danny Byrum