You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
(Genesis 50:20 NLT)
Here’s what I’ve discovered along with Joseph and many others: God may allow us to experience pain, but He doesn’t allow it to be wasted. He always uses it for His glory and our good. Joseph’s hardships led him to become Egypt’s Governor-General and to save many lives, as he himself affirms in today’s passage. Similarly, Jesus’ crucifixion and death led to His resurrection and exaltation and brought about the salvation of many. I’m sure that if you took the time to think about it, you, too, will realize that God has never allowed your pain to be wasted either. Like Joseph, you too can say to the Devil and the people who have hurt you, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.”
God never wastes our pain.