Abused and rejected by his brothers, Joseph, the son of Jacob, suffered servitude and prison. Why did God allow Joseph’s suffering? Why does God permit challenges to come our way? Wouldn’t an almighty God prevent them?
Not if they serve his higher purpose. When Pharaoh was troubled by his dreams, the butler mentioned Joseph to Pharaoh. And as fast as you can say providence, Joseph went from prison to palace to prime minister. He saved not just the Egyptians but also the family of Jacob.
Years later Joseph would tell his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish…the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20). What was intended as harm became good. Why? Because Joseph viewed the sufferings of his life through the lens of divine providence. Can I urge you to do the same?