Yes, I meant unbeliever. Not all of them, of course, but God's chosen, born as all people are, in sin and unbelief. I can speak personally of being guided and protected by God's hand while yet denying Him.
The wonderful story of Joseph is such a story on the grandest of scales. Not that Joseph was an unbeliever, but that he was protected while yet a youth. As Joseph was preserved, even through a plot on his life, so we are kept. I speak of the elect who are kept from the evils and perils of the world, from the devil himself.
In the story of Joseph, had he not been put into a pit, and later into prison, he could not have been lifted up to serve in the world's mightiest nation. His story is a guide to all of us. Have patience through our own versions of pits and prisons. Someday we will be lifted up.
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. Genesis 50:20