What satan meant for harm; God meant for good!

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Life is a journey; and along the way, we all will experience times when people hurt
or mistreat us.

It is especially difficult when friends and family betray us, but we must remember
that God sees everything that happens to us, and will reward us for not seeking
vengeance upon others.

If we leave it in his hands, he will make everything work out for good, and even
help us make peace with those who have hurt us.

As we study the lives of people in the Bible, we see how God took horrible circumstances
and turned them into blessings for Jacob, Joseph, and their family.

After Jacob and his extended family moved to the land of Goshen in Egypt, their numbers
increased greatly.

Seventeen years later, when Jacob was 147 years old, he asked Joseph, his son, to make
him a promise.

When he died, he did not want to be buried in Egypt. He wanted
to returned to the burial place of his fathers, Abraham and Isaac.

Joseph swore an oath to his father, that he would respect his wishes.

Joseph took his sons, Manasseh and Ehraim to visit their grandfather. Jacob strengthened himself
and prepared to bless them before he died.

The boys bowed before their grandfather in respect. Jacob’s eye sight was dim and he put his
right and on Ephraims head, who was younger, and his left hand on Manasseh, who was
the firstborn.

He blessed Joseph and said…
God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long
unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named
on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst
of the earth. Genesis 48:15-16

When Joseph noticed his father had placed his right hand on his youngest son, it displeased him
and he tried to correct his father by moving his right hand to the oldest son…

But Jacob refused and said…

I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great;
but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he and his seed shall become
a multitude of nations.” Genesis 48:19

He blessed his grandsons, and told Joseph he was dying. He said God would be with
him and gave him one portion above his brothers.

Jacob then called for his other sons and began
to prophesy what would happen to them in the future…

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength…
You are unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your
father’s bed; and you defiled it…

In Genesis 35:22, Reuben had slept with Bilhah his father’s concubine.
The Bible never says what he spoke to him, but this disgrace, took away
the blessing from his father…

Simeon and Levi, instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Let not my soul
enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; for in their anger
they slew a man…cursed is their anger, for it is fierce; and their wrath, for it is cruel!

When Jacob’s daughter Dinah was raped, Simeon and Levi killed all the men in the town
in revenge. Their father did not condone such violence. They also forfeited a blessing from
their father.

Judah, you are whom your brothers shall praise…Your father’s children shall bow down before you…
the scepter shall not depart from Judah…

Here Jacob is predicting, Jesus would be a descendant from Judah’s family. God chose Judah,
not because he was better than anyone else, but because he is God…

He often chooses the weak and foolish things of this world, to show his glory through,
so no one can boast of their accomplishments or heritage…

God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise: and God hath chosen
the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world,
and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29

Jacob continued his blessings upon his sons, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad,
Asher, Naphtali, & Benjamin…

Joseph’s blessing was far greater than his brothers…

Joseph is a fruitful bough…the archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him and hated him:
But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the
Mighty God of Jacob. Even by the God of your father who shall help thee, and by the Almighty
who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under,
blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the
blessings of my progenitors, unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on
the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Genesis 49:22-26

Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey,
and at night he shall divide the spoil. Genesis 49:27

The 12 sons of Jacob (Israel) made up the 12 tribes of Israel.

He reminded them, when he died, he wanted to be taken out of Egypt to cave in
the field of Machpelah in Canaan and buried in their family burial place with Abraham,
Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, and Leah. Rachel was not buried there, because she died when
they were on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. She was buried away from the
family plot.

When Jacob finished speaking the blessings and commands to his children, he lifted his feet back
into the bed and he went home to be with the LORD.

Joseph wept bitterly over him and kissed him. He instructed his servants and the physicians
to embalm his father. They mourned for him 40 days and the Egyptians mourned for him 70 days.

When the required days of mourning were past, Joseph asked Pharaoh if he could be excused
from his duties to go and bury his father according to his oath.

Pharaoh agreed and all of the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of the land of Egypt, and all
of Joseph’s family went up to bury Jacob. The only ones who didn’t go, were the little ones
and the flocks and herds.

When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, beyond the Jordan, they mourned greatly
for 7 days for him. When the people of Canaan saw the mourning for Jacob, they called
the place Abel Mizraim which means, the mourning of the Egyptians.

After they buried their father, Joseph’s brothers feared he would take revenge on them.

They sent a messenger to Joseph saying…

Before your father died he commanded you, please forgive the trespass of
your brothers and their sins; for they did evil to you.

When Joseph heard their grief, he wept in sorrow. His brothers fell down at his feet and said…

We are your servants. Joseph said to them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass,
as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore, fear ye not: I will nourish you,
and your little ones. And he comforted them and spake kindly unto them. Genesis 50:18-21

Joseph returned to Egypt and lived to be 110 years old. He saw his grandchildren to the
3rd generation. When he was dying, he asked his family to swear they would take his bones
from Egypt. When Joseph died, he was embalmed and put in a coffin.

All of the anger had left Joseph. God helped him forget the pain and opened his eyes of
understanding to see, He had allowed the misfortune to come upon Joseph, to train him
for leadership. His mission in life was to be a powerful witness for God and to save many
lives from starvation.

Today, you may be experiencing anger, bitterness, or resentment.

Living in the past… hinders our prayers and blessings from God.
Anger poisons our heart and breeds like cancer.

Hurting people always hurt others, by retelling the story of their pain over
and over again. It becomes an idol in our thoughts and distorts our judgment.
It covers our life with a cloud of hate, instead of the blanket of blessings,
God has prepared for us.

Beloved, I urge you lay your hurts at the foot of the cross and receive God’s
mercy and forgiveness. He loved you so much, he offered his son Jesus
on the cross, to pay the penalty for your sins and mine.

He rose from the grave and is now in heaven preparing a place for us.

What satan meant for your harm, God meant it for good.

Trust Him to give you beauty for those ashes.

O most merciful Father,
Holy is your name…

Thank you for the beautiful story of Joseph and his family. May we learn
powerful lessons for their lives and become living vessels of love and
compassion to our brothers and sister throughout the world. We have
sinned and done evil in your sight. We ask for mercy and forgiveness.

For the sake of your Son, Jesus we ask you to remember your covenant
with our fathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. Heal the hate and violence in
our lands and replace our hearts of stone with ones of kindness and
forgiveness.

Open the door of faith to all who are unsaved. May we reflect the light
of Jesus, to all who cross our path ,and boldly confess our faith and trust
in You, our Almighty Father, to defend and deliver us from all evil.

Keep us from temptation and create in us a desire to walk in obedience
and truth. With you, all things are possible.

May your wisdom and guiding hands turn the hearts of our leaders
and enemies to resolve their conflicts in non-violent ways, as
our Saviour Jesus instructed us to do.

Then our nations will be blessed and in peace.

Father, we lift up prayers to you for all who are suffering from sickness or adversity.
Pour out your healing balm upon our loved ones and if it please you LORD, remove
this cup of suffering. You are able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could
ever hope, ask, or think. You are the Great Physician and Healer of all things.

We offer to you, our thanks and praise. We lift our hands and voices, uniting our prayers…
for we know that you are a loving Father who cares and will answer us according to what
is right and just.

In Jesus’ name we pray…

Amen

And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing
and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all
the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the LORD thy God,
and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children,
which all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity,
and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations,
whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee…And the LORD thy God will bring thee
into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it: and he will do
thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. Deuteronomy 30:1-3,5

Your sister and servant of the LORD,
Valerie Rousseau

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