What appears bad may be God’s plan for good

God has wonderful plans for your life


“I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. “Come over here,” he said. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother whom you sold into Egypt. But don’t be angry with yourselves that you did this to me, for God did it. He sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. These two years of famine will grow to seven, during which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God has sent me here to keep you and your families alive so that you will become a great nation. Yes, it was God who sent me here, not you! And he has made me a counselor to Pharaoh—manager of his entire household and ruler over all Egypt.”

Genesis 45:3-8 NLT

Homespun wisdom says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Although you won’t find it put just that way in the Bible, you will find many stories of both effective and poor planning. The Bible teaches that God is a God of both purpose and planning. His purpose is to draw all humanity to himself in order to forgive and redeem. His plan — from Creation, to the Law, to the Prophets, to Jesus and the church — is what we are seeing when we read and study the Bible. Planning is part of all of our lives. The only question is if, in all our planning, we ever consult his perfect and eternal plan.

From the TouchPoint Bible
(Tyndale House) p 1243

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House


  1. So true! I can think of example after example of things that seemed so perfect for me and seemed surely to be His plan and then when they didn’t happen my heart broke . . . until later when His timing and His plan came to my life and every time this happens His actual plan is AMAZING and more than anything I could “desire or pray for.”


    1. Thanks so much. I haven’t been doing well with following up and doing all the requirements for the awards, so it may take me awhile. But I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Many blessings. Sharon


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