Today’s Scripture: Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:5
About one year after Squanto returned home from England1, a group of English settlers landed at the very place where his tribe used to live. (It is interesting to note, the Pilgrims were attempting to sail to Virginia, but God brought them right to Squanto.) These people had no idea how to live in this harsh environment; the first winter killed over half of them. That spring, Squanto walked up to the settlement and, to the settlers’ amazement, greeted them in English.2
Squanto came to help these Englishmen despite what the English had done to him just a decade ago. He showed them how to plant corn, the best places to fish, and several profitable places in the area. He would help the settlement for the rest of his life.
Quite possibly, if Squanto wasn’t spared by God and sent to these pilgrims, the whole colony would have died. Not to mention, everything Squanto taught them, they taught to the other English settlements. This allowed the colonies to prosper in this continent. Perhaps this nation would have never existed if God didn’t set the circumstances of this lonely Native American.
There are some accounts that Squanto trusted Christ when he was with the Pilgrims. If that is the case, then these terrible trials changed his eternity for good!
This month, thank God for what he has given you, but also thank him for the things that are hard for which to be thankful. Why? His plan is way better than what you think is best. His plan is better than a pain-free plan. It is the plan that will reach more people for Christ through you. You can be used by God like Joseph. Through your trials, many people might be saved. However, in this case, it is an eternal salvation.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.
1Chuck Colson, ”The Story of Squanto” (October 6,2009)