June Hunt concludes Chapter 6 of How to Forgive by discussing three powerful truths Joseph knew that enabled him to entrust himself to God and master his thoughts.
1. Joseph knew God is sovereign. Ms. Hunt states Joseph accepted the fact that his life belonged to God. Therefore, nothing could happen to him apart from God’s will. June points out that when we truly believe this, there can be no real injustice:
“When we fully accept that God is sovereign, then no matter where we are or what happens to us along the way, we will have an attitude of forgiveness toward those who cause us pain. We will see them as instruments in God’s hand to achieve His purposes.”
2. Joseph knew that within God’s will, suffering has a purpose. Joseph told his brothers that it was God who sent him to Egypt, not them. If we believe “all things work together for good,.” we will have a forgiving attitude because we won’t see our suffering as pointless.
3. Joseph knew that God delights in turning evil into good. Joseph told his brothers that “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20).”
Ms. Hunt emphasizes that belief undoubtedly sustained Joseph through his many excruciating years of injustice. In the midst of pain, often you can see only the evil, not the good. Yet, God is intervening in your life even though you perceive no evidence of His activity.
Today’s question: Which of these three powerful truths have been most difficult for you to accept? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Master of your mind”