God can take our wrongs and use them to create beauty, restoration and victory.
He is compassion and forgiveness.
Rarely do we face the full consequences of our actions, when we acknowledge them and seek the Lord in humility.
Genesis tells the story of Joseph’s jealous brothers who plot to kill him. As they are about to, a group of Ishmaelites are passing through on their way to Egypt and they buy Joseph for 20 shekels of silver.
As God would have it, Joseph eventually becomes ruler over all of Egypt. Years later a huge famine forces his brothers to journey to Egypt, bow down before him, and beg him for food.
They’re certain it’s payback time for their youthful deeds.
“Did I not tell you not to sin against the boy? But you did not listen. So now there comes a reckoning of his blood” (Genesis 42:22).
However, Joseph is moved with love and compassion for his brothers. He tells them it was all part of Gods plan:
“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).
He blesses them abundantly and they all end up living together in the land of Egypt.
God’s not ‘waiting in the wings’ to take vengeance on us. He looks on us with compassion and weeps for us like Joseph wept for his bothers as they bowed down before him.
In the same way, when we bow down before the Lord and humble ourselves, then He will lift us up.
He will remove our shame and our past will become a teaching tool to strengthen our character, bless others, and move us towards victory.