Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 15th, 2019
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.”
Genesis 50:19-21 (NIV)
God Intended it for Good
Nepal, Thailand and India, once popular destinations for Westerners seeking surrogate mothers, have now effectively closed their doors to international surrogacy. In a curious twist, Canada may be emerging as the new go-to destination for people from around the world wishing to become parents with the assistance of a surrogate mother. Canada offers distinct financial and health-care advantages to would-be parents via surrogacy. Surrogate mothers living in Canada and the children they bear are entitled to fully state-funded pre-natal, delivery and post-natal care.
It isn’t always easy to see God’s plan for our lives while we are living through challenging times. We have no problem seeing God at work in the good times. But in the tough times we often wonder if God has abandoned us. Joseph’s life was filled with ups and downs – and the downs were significantly challenging. Through it all, Joseph trusted the Lord. And, as God’s ultimate goal came to fruition and Joseph was put in charge of the kingdom, his brothers who had sold him into slavery appeared before him, terrified. They had failed to see the Lord at work, even in their spiteful act of selling their brother into slavery. Joseph hadn’t missed a thing, and in Genesis 50:19-21 we read: “But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” Like Joseph, let’s look for God working in our lives, in the good things and the challenging. He intends it all for good and to accomplish His will.
These have been words from the heart.