Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Is that true? Wouldn’t it be nice if everything that went wrong would actually wind up right?
Joseph couldn’t conceal his brothers’ evil deeds, or he would have shared their guilt. So he had to tell his father what they had done. But that good deed turned bad because he was now a tattletale, hated by his brothers.
His heart warmed when he received the most beautiful coat from his father, Jacob. But his being so special made his older brothers jealous, and the good went bad again. Another example of Murphy’s Law.
Twice, vivid dreams raised Joseph’s confidence that God had a great plan for his life. His brothers didn’t share his conviction. Their resentment and envy turned to deep hatred, so they stripped him and threw him into a dry cistern to die.
Joseph’s cries for mercy let him escape the grave, which was good until he was sold to slave traders who took him far from home and left his father thinking he was dead.
Instead of complaining, Joseph behaved as if God was still with him. One might think that was good, but his good behavior led to conviction for a crime he had refused to commit.
In prison, he earned the respect of the warden and helped other prisoners with interpretation of their dreams, but of what good was that? He was still in prison. For two more years he waited and wondered.
Would the tough times ever get better? If you’ve read the long story in Genesis 37–44, you know that Joseph’s trust in God was justified.
Like Joseph, we may question the necessity of our walk through dark valleys and wonder if we will ever see the light. Nevertheless, if we are patient and continue to do what pleases God, the result of all the bad will be good.
We will see the fulfillment of God’s plan and be reassured of his love. Why? Because God’s Law trumps Murphy’s Law.
All those who love God and are working to fulfill his purpose should know that all things will work together for good. — Romans 8:28