You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Genesis 50:20 New International Version (NIV)
If you are familiar with the story of Joseph in the Old Testament of the Bible, you are aware of his many trials. He was sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused by the wife of his boss and tossed into prison, and abandoned by someone he helped while he was in jail. This page turner begins in Genesis 37 and takes the reader through twists and turns so graphic many forget they are reading the Bible. But God, in His providence, inspired its recording in Scripture to engage our minds to receive its meaning.
"But God . . ."
Many are the plans of mankind, but God . . .
You wanted to hurt me, but God . . .
I could have lost everything, but God . . .
That car accident could have killed me, but God . . .
The mass was malignant, but God . . .
Jesus was put to death on the Cross, but God raised Him from the dead (Acts 2:23-24).
The world is a mess right now, but God is still on the Throne.
We all have many "But God" incidents in our lives because God is sovereign and in total control of all that happens - good and bad. The Bible is full of "But God" truth. God will use the bad for our good because He loves us without condition and desires our trust and dependence on Him. No matter what is going on in our lives, it is comforting to know and believe that the Author and Finisher of our faith determines the outcome of every circumstance for our good and His glory. In fact, it is He who knows the end from the beginning and has authoritative power over every detail in between.
We were born into this world with sinful natures, but God already knew we would need a Savior to accomplish His plan so He sent His Son to die for our sins and show us the way to be reconciled to Him. So, when we receive our "But God" moments in life, it pleases Him to receive His glory. Let's give it to Him.