After the dramatic climax of Joseph’s story (the emotional grand reveal and reunion in chapters 45-46), it would be easy to gloss over the next few chapters as little more than a mundane epilogue. In these chapters, however, God transforms what should have been a tragedy into a blessing for His people. God is able to use the brothers’ betrayal of Joseph both to provide for Joseph and to secure a future for the entire nation of Israel.

Writing about suffering and future glory, Paul says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Throughout the story of the Bible, God works in the darkest circumstances to produce light. After all, the only truly innocent man who ever lived was brutally executed to secure a future for anyone who would place their faith in Him. As with Joseph and his brothers, the betrayal of Jesus secured a future for believers that we could never have obtained otherwise.

We can find peace in the knowledge that God has accomplished something in Jesus Christ that cannot be defeated by any suffering we encounter in this world. In fact, Paul writes that our challenges are “achieving for us an eternal glory that will far outweigh them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17). When you struggle to find hope in your circumstances, may you take comfort and find confidence in the tremendous promise of God’s redemptive love.