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Date: February 2

Category: Trust in God

Genesis 50:20
"As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiIn this passage, Joseph is speaking to his 11 brothers. When their father Jacob sent Joseph to check up on his brother as to how they were, there where they were looking after the sheep, Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt. But soon after that, Joseph became the second man in command in Egypt. The 11 brothers thought Joseph was going to punish them for what they did to him. But we read here that Joseph said to his brothers, "You thought evil against me, but God meant it for good." What happened to Joseph wasn't good, but there was a good purpose behind it. In this case, the good purpose was that all of Jacob's tribes would be kept alive.

Sometimes people may say, "Well if I only had the opportunity, I would really do well in life." Sometimes people have self-pity and never move forward because of that pity. But big opportunities are never handed down to you. You must create your own opportunities. Everyone has a lot of little opportunities. If you take those little opportunities that arise before you, then that will open greater opportunities to you. Some of the decisions you make may be small, but they could dramatically change the rest of your life.

When you approach your job, your studies, or your relationships with enthusiasm, you will always have a lot of opportunities. If you complain about everything, then you will just be an observer. Everything becomes an obstacle to you when you are a complainer. But when you decide to look at life's challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles, you are destined to achieve great success. There will always be opportunities available to you because you have a positive view of life.

Like the Israelites, if we want to enter the Promised Land, we have to go through desert situations as well. How long we stay in the desert depends on us. The Israelites could have gotten to their Promised Land the very same year they entered the desert, but because they complained, they stayed in the desert for 40 years, and most of them died there.

So when you look at your life, determine whether you are going to be a complainer or if you're going to seek for the opportunity within your situation. Ask yourself how you can improve your situation. Ask yourself how you can improve yourself. When you look at your life situation, do you see obstacles? Or do you see opportunities? If you see opportunities, then use those opportunities as a way to improve yourself and the situation around you. When you do that, you will succeed.

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