Thursday, January 15, 2015
“Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, ‘For,’ he said, ‘God has made me forget all my trouble….’ He named the second Ephraim, ‘For,’ he said, ‘God has made me fruitful….’” (Genesis 41:51-52). Having been sold into slavery by his brothers, we can say without a doubt that Joseph has been through some tough times. Yet he chooses to honor the Lord in the naming of his sons. Joseph said God made him forget all his past trouble and he gave God the credit for all his present successes. As I consider the meanings of these names, I think we all need more of “Manasseh and Ephraim” in our lives.