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Text:  Genesis 50:15-21 and Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Introduction: Parable of the lone survivor.

Genesis 50:15-21:

15 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?” 16 So 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. 

18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them(Genesis 50:15-21)

Romans 8:28:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him whohave been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Joseph’s story: (Gen. 37:1 – 50:26)

A) Joseph is 17 years old when God reveals his destiny in two dreams – (Gen. 37:5-11).

B) His brothers sell him to some Ishmaelite slave traders (Gen. 37:12-28) who take him to Egypt where Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guards, buys him (Gen. 39:1-6).

C) Potiphar’s wife accuses Joseph of attempted rape (Gen 39:7-18) and he is thrown into prison (Gen. 39:19-23).

D) Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams and is promoted to the second most powerful man in all of Egypt (Gen. 40:1- Gen. 41:56).

E) Eventually the famine becomes so severe that Joseph’s brothers are forced to come to Egypt to buy food and they end up bowing before Joseph (Gen. 42:26).

F) Betrayal by his brothers, slavery in Egypt, falsely accusations of sexual assault and imprisonment is not the way Joseph would have chosen to ascend to power, but it was God’s way. Joseph’s bad news lasted for 13 years before it became good news!

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Gen. 50:20)

God still turn bad news into good news today!

David and Avia Flood’s story.

David Flood’s bad news lasted nearly fifty years. His faith failed and he turned his back on God but that did nothing to negate the purposes of God. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”

One more story of how God turns bad news into good news.

Love—God’s love expressed through flawed human beings—did its healing work. Today, Dr. Robert Peterson is a husband and a father, a successful pastor, a published author, and a much in-demand speaker.

God turned Bobby’s bad news into good news! And what he did for Bobby he will do for you.

The Very Worst News turns out to be the Very Best News:

Initially the death of Jesus Christ appeared to be an unequivocal tragedy. It was bad news before it became good news.

When God raised Him from the dead Friday’s bad news was turned into Sunday’s good news!

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).

Conclusion: Is the bad news in your life tempting you to doubt the goodness of God? Don’t despair. God has a long history of turning bad news into good news, of turning what the enemy intended for your destruction into a miracle of grace.