Read Genesis 50
Focus on verse 19-20
There are dreadful, awful things that happen in this world. One need only read the evening news of watch a few minutes of prime time television to be exposed to it. In the midst of these awful situations it is hard to see the goodness of God, and often we don’t realize He was there until long afterwards, but we can know with certainty that God is there in every situation, and He continues to be good despite the evil that humanity is often drawn into.
In his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul writes “…for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)
Joseph is a perfect Old Testament example of this principle. Joseph loved God and was called according to His purpose, so even when a chain of what seemed to be dreadful circumstances brought him to Egypt as a slave, God was watching over him, preparing him to be used to save the Egyptians and his family from extinction.
But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (v. 19-20)
We are relatively quick to judge God when what appear to be bad things happen to us, or others around us. Where is God? We ask. Why does He not intervene when His children suffer? Could it be that He is working all things together for something good that at this point, only He can see. It is entirely possible that Joseph asked the very same questions as Ishmaelite traders dragged him away from his home, or while he wondered if he would die in an Egyptian prison.
His knowledge and love for God was what allowed him to quickly dispel the fears of his brothers who apparently still felt ongoing guilt for the way they had treated him so many years ago.