The book of Genesis begins with the creation account, God speaking the world into existence in six days. At the end of the six days, we read, “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). It was a perfect place to live.
Two chapters later, Adam and Eve fall into sin, by eating of the forbidden tree. The rest of Genesis tells of the horrors of sin. It reads like an R-rated movie, with murder and incest and rape and lying and deceit.
But, God’s goodness has not left. In the very last chapter of the book, we read of God’s goodness. Speaking to his deceitful brothers, Joseph says, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). And that’s what God has been doing ever since in this world: working good out of the immense evil in the world.
For instance, consider the cross. Putting Jesus to death in this way was the greatest injustice this planet has ever known. And yet, it brought about the greatest blessing ever: forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus!