Genesis 50:15-21In the moment things can seem like they will destroy us. People and Satan mean things for evil but we have to remember that the God of the Universe, and all Time, means good for those who love Him.
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”
19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Romans 8:28Notice, if you will, how Joseph acts in the moment, knowing that God is truly God of the whole story? He offers mercy and soothes fear. He operates in trust and love.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
We can do the same thing. I think there is maturity, well beyond what I experience normally I admit, in operating in the moment with the God of the whole story also being the God of the moment. What I mean by that is, acting like Joseph, or Abraham. Working through each moment knowing that God has His hands on the whole story and that it will be worked for good no matter what's going on right now.