Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that, “The tongue has the power of life and death…” We have the power of good within us and we owe it to ourselves to use it in every situation.
Are you speaking life into your situation? It’s easy to accept things the way the are and feel you have no options, but God’s solutions to life’s difficulties often do not come in the ways we expect. He regularly uses the unexpected to show His goodness in our lives in a way we never could have imagined.
I would like us to look at the story of Joseph and his brothers after their father’s death (Genesis 50). Verses 15-21 paint a picture of a man who has decided to use the power of good over what his brothers expected to be very bad: “When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. 18His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 19But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.”
If you see that story from the perspective of the brothers; can you imagine the relief that must have come as they watched Joseph weep and reassure them that their seemingly soon-to-be bad situation would actually be no big deal?
This speaks largely to the characteristics of goodness in the God we serve! He is truly a good, loving Father!