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Work It For Good

April 29, 2014

God Meant It For Good


Genesis 50:20: As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.


Ally waited in line at the theater with her friends. Her heart was troubled. That afternoon, she learned her grandfather had suffered a stroke. In the hospital in the west, miles from where Ally lived, the doctors were saying it was touch and go. Ally’s parents told her to go to the movie tonight to take her mind off the disaster, but she couldn’t. She found herself praying according to a verse she’d learned that week in Wednesday night youth group. “Jesus, please make Granddad well, and make this work for good in his life.”

Ally’s grandfather wasn’t a Christian. A hard-driving man, he cussed and drank and lived a rough life. But she loved him.


A week later, Ally’s parents flew her out west to see her Granddad. As she sat by his bedside, he took her hand. “You been prayin’, haven’t ya?” he whispered.


Ally nodded.


“Well, it’s workin’,” he said. “I’m feelin’ ready to get right with God.”


Ally told him about her prayers and the verse and he smiled. “Sounds like God’s been answerin’.”

Before he died, Granddad did accept the Lord, and Ally realized God had worked the stroke for good, just like he had the problems with Joseph and his brothers.


Prayer: Lord, show me how you’re working good in my life. I need to see it. Amen.