As we continue our journey through the sons of Jacob/Israel we come to perhaps the most popular of his offspring. Joseph was the firstborn son of his father's favorite wife Rachel. The story Joseph is perhaps one of the most popular one's in the book of Genesis. He was adored by his father to the point that his brothers despised him. It didn't help that Jacob gave him a special coat that ignited even more dislike for him amongst his brothers. His brothers ended up selling him into slavery. Now that's some serious dislike!
Joseph life teaches us an important lesson and that is God can use evil motives for his greater purpose. Though Joseph experienced various hardships as a result of being sold into slavery from being accused of rape and thrown into prison. God took Joseph through all of that to positioned him for his true blessing. Joseph would become second in command in Egypt and end up saving his brothers amongst others in a time of intense famine. Even though a bad thing led to him going to Egypt it turned out to be the best thing for Joseph.
So the next time that bad thing happens recognize that there could be a greater purpose that is bigger than you at work behind the scenes.
Scripture Reference: Genesis 30-50