5. Look at The Big Picture
Another of Joseph’s strengths was his ability to look at everything that happened to him in light of God’s eternal plan.
Joseph said to his brothers when they were begging his forgiveness that even though they had intended evil to him, God meant everything that happened for His purposes (Genesis 50:20).
The family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was preserved by Joseph being sold into slavery and becoming the prime minister of Egypt.
Joseph saw the bigger picture of what God was doing. He did not allow the hardships stop him from trusting God. Joseph kept a positive attitude.
Even though people were against him, God never forgot Joseph. God was able to work through Joseph because Joseph did not insist on taking control of every situation and manipulating it to his benefit.
When you are faced with negative things going on in your life try to see what God may be doing through that. You may never know this side of eternity what everything that happens to you means in your life, but have enough faith in God to trust His plan.
Genesis 50:19, 20 “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
May God help you to look to Him and His Word for the help you need in overcoming negative thinking.