The Gifts of Forgetfulness and Fruitfulness

Scripture- Genesis 41:51-52  51 Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, saying, “Certainly God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s house.” 52 He named the second child Ephraim, saying, “Certainly God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
 
Observations- God caused Pharaoh to move Joseph from prison to the place of second in command in all of Egypt because God gave Joseph the ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. Pharaoh also provided a wife for Joseph and God blessed them with 2 sons. The first son Joseph named Manasseh which means, “he who brings about forgetfulness.” Through the birth of his firstborn, God helped Joseph forget his past trials and the betrayals of his own brothers. Joseph named his second son Ephraim which means, “to bear fruit.” Joseph’s second son was used by God to remind Joseph of the fruitfulness of his life even in a challenging circumstances and in a location apart from his family and familiar surroundings.
 
Application- Far too often I struggle in my walk of faith because I can’t let go of past hurts or because I am not content with my present circumstances. Too much focus on the “rear-view mirror” is a dangerous way to move through life. Bitterness over past disappointments can affect how I perceive the present and can rob me of my joy. Second-guessing decisions or fantasizing different outcomes is fruitless thinking and keeps me frozen in the past. Discontent over present circumstances robs God of His place in my life as the giver of every good gift. Am I looking to passing circumstances for satisfaction in life; or am I looking to God for all I could ever need or want? Joy is not found in the past. Joy is destroyed by discontent. Joy is found with eyes facing forward, enjoying God’s presence as I walk with him with the confident hope of my eternal home.
 
Prayer- Abba, help me keep my eyes facing forward. I am tired of living with my mind filled with regret. Thank you for forgiving my past transgressions and failures. I place the hurts and betrayals in your hands. I will not be consumed by regret and disappointment. I know that right here, right now I have everything I need. My hope is not here. It is certainly not in the past. My hope is in heaven which means my hope is in an eternity filled with your presence. Abba, help me live in the moment with my eyes focused forward.