Advent Reflection: Nothing is Wasted


But Joseph replied to them: “Do not fear. Can I take the place of God? Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve this present end, the survival of many people.”

Genesis 50:19-20

Recall a time when God turned something negative in your life into something good. Pray a prayer of thanks.


Going Deeper

Read Genesis 37:3-36 and Genesis 50:15-21.

When we go through hard times, people will remind us that “all things work for good for those who love God” (from Romans 8:28). Often, though, it’s hard to see how God can possibly use what’s going on in our lives for good. I’m sure, when Joseph was sitting at the bottom of the cistern or in Pharaoh’s prison because of false accusations, he wondered how God would turn his situation into something good. God lifted Joseph from the dungeon to be Pharaoh’s right-hand man, and to help prepare for the coming famine and save many lives, including those of his father and brothers.

Sometimes, like Joseph, we get to see how God works everything for good. Other times, that mystery remains hidden from us in this life. It can be discouraging to look back on difficult periods of our life and see the scars and the bad memories, without finding the good that resulted. But we know that God is faithful and keeps his promises. He will work all things for good for those who love him, even if we can’t see it yet.

As you reflect on this idea, listen to Jason Gray’s “Nothing is Wasted.”


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