– Rick Warren
God never makes a mistake, and He even uses our mistakes for His glory and purpose. This “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). It doesn’t say that all the good things or all the bad things work for our best but all things, both the good and bad and even the evil done against us. Consider the cross. God was not caught off guard by Calvary. This was no “oops” moment. It had been foreordained for our redemption (Isaiah 53).
Joseph’s story reminds us all that God is always in charge. He was abused by his brothers and thrown into a pit. They wanted to kill him and sold him into slavery. He was unjustly thrown into prison. Yet Joseph knew that “God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Gen. 50:20), and by God helping Joseph interpret Pharaoh’s dream, much of the civilized world was saved at that time.
Not Without Purpose
We might think that what we are going through doesn’t have a purpose, but God set in motion everything in our lives to make it known that “we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Eph. 1:11). Even when Paul was imprisoned unjustly, much like Joseph, this imprisonment allowed Paul to write much of the New Testament. I have always wondered if Paul hadn’t been thrown into prison, would we have had half of his letters, which were the “prison epistles”? Paul even used being chained to Roman guards as an opportunity to tell them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing in this life is ever wasted as far as God is concerned, and nothing is without purpose in the sovereignty of God.
It is true that God never does anything accidentally, and He never makes mistakes and will work all things together for our good. He will use even the bad for our good, and whatever happens to us in this life fulfills God’s purpose for our life.