Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
As Christians, we believe in a God who redeems that which is bad and can turn it into that which is good. God doesn’t cause bad things to happen, but He can take what is bad and turn it into good.
Joseph experienced it in his life. His brothers wanted to kill him. They beat him and threw him into a pit. He was then sold into slavery by his brothers. He was falsely accused of a sexual assault by his employer’s wife. He was forgotten by the cupbearer after interpreting his dream.
Eventually, God saw to it that Joseph became the second most powerful man in Egypt. His brothers then had to come to him for good for there was a famine in the land. They did not recognize him because who would think that a brother sold into slavery could ever become the Prime Minister of Egypt.
Joseph could have taken revenge but he didn’t. He provided food and sanctuary for his family. In doing so, Joseph made a profound statement about the sovereignty of God.
He said, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Genesis 50:20
Joseph realized that God could turn even evil into something good.
In 1948, God fulfilled a prophecy He made in the Book of Ezekiel. God said regarding the nation of Israel, “For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.” Ezekiel 36:24. (For further understanding, I recommend, “God's Tsunami: Understanding Israel and End-time Revival” by Peter Tsukahira).
The people of Israel had been dispersed without a land since approximately 135 A.D. when Rome expelled the Jews and ploughed over the city of Jerusalem. They were scattered for almost nineteen centuries.
Then in 1948, Israel became a nation once again. It was the fulfillment of prophecy. Israel becoming a nation once again was an incredible miracle of God. One of the things that God used to fulfill this prophecy was pure evil.
God used the death of six million Jews at the hands of Hitler for good. It is important to remember that God did not cause the Holocaust to happened, sin did. But He used it for good.
The Holocaust motivated large numbers of immigrants to move to the new country, providing the necessary population. Secondly, the Holocaust enabled Israel to pressure Germany into supplying the economic base necessary to build infrastructure and support those immigrants.
Finally, the Holocaust swayed world opinion so that the United Nations approved the State of Israel in 1948.
God can turn even evil into good. It did it for Israel, He can do it for you.
Something to think about…