• Bishop Keith Butler

What Satan Means for Evil

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. (Genesis 50:19-20)


When you read the Bible, it's essential to understand a fundamental premise. God is good. The devil is evil. God is not the source of sickness, death, or loss. Satan is the one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), and he will use people and situations to create problems for you. However, when you trust God, continue speaking and doing His Word, God will take what the devil meant for evil and turn it into something good.

Things couldn't have been much worse for Joseph. His brothers ganged up on him and sold him into slavery in Egypt. His father, the only person who would have sought his return, assumed that he was dead.


As a slave, Joseph served honorably in Potiphar's house and his master's house was blessed because of Joseph, but the woman of the house lusted after the young slave. Joseph did right. He ran from the opportunity to commit sexual sin and to dishonor his master. But Potiphar's wife accused him of attempted rape, and Joseph was thrown into prison. He had done nothing wrong, but he spent several years in prison.


The entire time, Joseph served with excellence. He interpreted dreams for Pharaoh's chief cup-bearer and chief baker who were fellow prisoners, and eventually, he was released to interpret Pharaoh's dream. His wisdom and ability to tell Pharaoh his dream and its meaning resulted in his promotion from the prisoner to Prime Minister. Joseph, who came to Egypt in shackles as a slave, became second in power in the most powerful nation in the world at the time. God then used Joseph to save the nation of Israel as he provided food for his father, Jacob, and his eleven brothers – the heads of what would eventually be the twelve tribes of Israel. What Satan meant for evil, God turned for good.


Practical Application – Trust God. He can take a terrible situation and turn it into a blessing. Keep your attitude right! What Satan means for evil, God will turn for good.


Psalm 40:5; Psalm 119:91

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