In Genesis 50:20, Joseph tells his brethren that they thought evil against him, “but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” It boggles my mind that the God we serve is so good that He can bring good things out of evil. It would do us good to realize that sometimes even if we’re going through difficult times in our lives, God may be bringing something wonderful to pass. If our eyes were on Him rather than on our problems, we could probably come closer to understanding the Apostle Paul’s statement in II Corinthians 4:17.
As we consider the passage above in Genesis 50:20, we see a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph’s own brethren had betrayed him, and likewise Christ was betrayed by His brethren. (“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” – John 1:11)
Christ suffered at the hand of his brethren, just as in the case of Joseph. In both instances, men meant it for evil but God meant it for good. Acts 2:23 tells us that Jesus was “delivered by the determinant counsel and foreknowledge of God”, but that they took and with wicked hands crucified and slay the Lord of glory. Men committed a wicked act, yet God meant it for good. And, just as in the case of Joseph, much people were saved alive as a result of God bringing such a thing to pass—this time in an eternal sense. Praise be to the God of all grace!