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. (Genesis 50:20 ESV)
After Jacob dies Joseph’s brothers are afraid that Joseph might seek revenge upon them since they had sold him into slavery years earlier. But that event eventually led to Joseph being put in charge of all Egypt during the time of plenty and then famine, allowing him to store up grain that would save the surrounding peoples, including all of Jacob’s family. Joseph could see that God had a plan through all of the bad things he suffered. The New Testament tells us that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Ro 8:28). God has a plan even for the setbacks and hard things that the Christian goes through, plans that will yield his good. That is helpful to know in the midst of trials. It is not so for the one who does not know God. Things do not go well for him in the end.
How do you handle yourself when things don’t go your way?
Chronological Reading Plan plus Psalms: Ge 48-50, Ps 29