BCL Grow: Providence — Genesis 50:18-21

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Genesis 50:18-21 (Providence)

Bible Passage

His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. — Genesis 50:18-21


“Perhaps the most difficult aspect of providence is the doctrine of concurrence, which, in one sense, is the fact that everything that happens, even our sin, is the will of God. As soon as we say that, we could be guilty of making God the author of evil and blaming Him for our wickedness. God is not the author of sin, yet even my sin is worked out under the sovereign authority of God….That is the great comfort of the doctrine of providence, that God stands over all things and works them together for the good of His people (Rom. 8:28), and He is the ultimate source of our comfort.” — R. C. Sproul, Everyone’s a Theologian, pg. 81, 83. 

Steps to Take

1. Ponder: God, in his sovereign, powerful, wise, and loving providence works out all things for good—even our sins and the sins of others. Though we may suffer now as Christ Jesus suffered, the ultimate end of even the greatest sin is good. Consider how powerful and all-knowing God is in order to bring about good even from evil.

2. Remember: The greatest sin was the crucifixion of Christ Jesus, yet it was the greatest good that God would love the world so much that he would give his only Son. As God did with Joseph and his brothers, he uses even our failures, our sins, and our suffering for the good of others and his glory. Be hopeful and thankful that we worship such as good and sovereign Lord.

3. Rejoice: Be joyfully confident in the love of God that, even though we may not be able to see the good end yet, we hope in him by faith in Christ Jesus that all things do work for good in the powerful providential hand of God.

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