Watching the evening news is scary these days.
Listening to warning after warning of the latest diet, chemical, or disease scare makes me want to ignore all of them.
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Just reading these words and phrases conjures up pictures of people dying, suffering, cruelty and evil running rampant in the world:
If I had young children at home, I think I would find a way to keep media news from their tender ears.
But children in Syria have been ripped from their homes and live in refugee camps. Women and children in Iraq watch their husbands and brothers marched behind a building and hear the shots that slay them all. How does a mother protect her child? Especially if the mother herself is given to a soldier as a sex slave.
My heart aches for the pain and evil of this world. But evil in this world has been around since the beginning.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8: 22, 23
The life of Joseph fills 13 chapters in the book of Genesis — 1/3 of the book. If you were to graph the timeline of his life the peaks and pits would look like a roller coaster track. His brothers literally threw him into a pit, sold him into slavery, and lied to their father about his fate.
But Joseph lived with hope and reassurance from Yahweh. After their father, Jacob, died Joseph’s brothers were sure Joseph would make them pay for their cruelty to him. Look at his words:
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. . . .
Gen. 50:19-21 (NIV)
In the New Century Version, Joseph says, ” God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people.” This is were I found a prayer for today’s evil.
God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph,
I ask you to take the evil in this world:
- in war torn countries in the Middle East,
- in West Africa countries fighting Ebola,
- in the homes and lives of families all over the world,
- in neighborhoods of poverty and pain
- wherever women and children are enslaved and abused
and turn it into good. Hearts can be changed. Just as You were with Joseph I ask you to be with all those who fight against the darkness. Your Light shatters the dark. Even though it seems that the darkness of this world is smothering and relentless, I have confidence that your Light will overcome.