God created you in a specific time and space and has detailed plans for your life. You may look around at the circumstances of your life and think, How can God use this mess? But one of the most amazing things about your Creator is His ability to work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). He is able to redeem the most broken heart and fulfill His purpose and plans in spite of any obstacle.
The story of Joseph (found in Genesis 37-50) shows us how God fulfills His purposes no matter what obstacles we face. When Joseph was a teenager, God revealed His amazing plan for Joseph's life through a dream. However, many difficult circumstances arose that seemed to keep God's purposes from being completed. Joseph was abused, mistreated, enslaved, falsely accused, imprisoned, and forgotten. Yet in spite of every difficult turn, God was faithful to fulfill His design for Joseph.
At the end of Joseph's life, he was able to say to his abusive brothers, "You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good" (Genesis 50: 20, esv). God certainly didn't cause the horrible events, but He was able to work on Joseph's behalf in spite of them. I'm sure there were many days when Joseph didn't understand how God could bring good from the terrible things happening to him. But Joseph trusted God and saw firsthand how God works in spite of evil deeds and how He faithfully completes His plans.
When we look at the details of Joseph's journey, we can see how God continued to lead and bless even when the situation seemed hopeless. Someday you and I will be able to look back and see clearly how God was faithfully fulfilling His plans for our lives, one step at a time. Many days we may be confused by the direction our life seems to take, but we can take courage!
God has good plans for us, and as we cling to Him, no evil is able to keep Him from faithfully fulfilling them.
READ: Psalm 57:2; 138:8; 139: 16; 37:23; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28-30
God wants you to know and trust that He has plans for you. You may not understand how He is working or leading you at the moment, but He wants you to trust Him completely and believe His plans cannot be thwarted. You can trust Him to work all things for your good. Choose one of the verses on the previous page, write it down, and then read it throughout the day. Ask the Lord to increase your trust in the knowledge that He will fulfill His plans for you, no matter what is going on in your life right now.
Reflect on the plans God has revealed for your life. What areas are unclear? Ask Him to continue to guide you in the areas of uncertainty.
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives" (Psalm 37:23, NLT)