Read Genesis 45
Focus on verse 7-8
One of the great things about God’s sovereignty is that even those things that are done with evil intent in no way catch Him off guard, and He consistently turns them around to complete His purposes. There are many examples of this in scripture but few as clearly evident as this one. Joseph’s brothers’ jealous hatred motivated them to sell him as a slave, thinking that this would be the end of him. God takes this brutally selfish deed and uses it to save the lives of the perpetrators and their families. It becomes clear as Joseph states in verse eight that this was not a mistake but the plan of God from the beginning.
And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. (v. 7-8)
There is no escaping the sovereignty of God not even for the atheist who believes he is not bound by it. God will have His way with His creation, and He will do it without ever forcing His will upon us. We are completely and utterly free to act according to our will in the midst of it. I must confess I do not completely understand how that is possible, but perhaps that is why He is God and I am not?