Life of Joseph – Part 25 – Forgetting the Past

I’m sure every one reading this has lived through injustices in their life. It’s really not a question of IF unjust things will happen to you. The question is how often. But an even more important question than that is how will you handle them.

Some injustices hurt us so deeply that our life will never be the same. Joseph lived through some of those. And they changed his life in major ways.

But thankfully God doesn’t limit His blessings in our lives to only when our life is perfect, or if we’re still working from what we think is Plan A, or based on whether or not we’ve responded correctly to injustices thrown at us.

Today we see how God blessed Joseph . . . right where he was. Here’s today’s passage.

Genesis 41:50-52 / Amplified Bible (AMP)

50 Now to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On, bore to him.

51 And Joseph called the firstborn Manasseh [making to forget], For God, said he, has made me forget all my toil and hardship and all my father’s house.

52 And the second he called Ephraim [to be fruitful], For [he said] God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.



– God sometimes sends blessings that help us forget some of the injustices done to us in the past.

– God’s blessings can help us in our grieving process.

– Our fruitfulness is not dependent on our location or our circumstances. God can and will use us right where we are.

Application Questions:

– What blessings has God given me that have helped me forget past injustices?

– Which of God’s blessings have helped me deal with my grief?

– When and how has God used me in a location or circumstance that I didn’t consider to be ideal?

2 thoughts on “Life of Joseph – Part 25 – Forgetting the Past”

  1. This is one of my favorite stories. I love it that Joseph did not consider himself a victim…or if he did, not for long. Thank you for sharing. It’s interesting to me that when we’re young, we think we’re the “only ones” going through anything. As we get older (and wiser in Jesus), we find out that it could be worse and that it’s EVERYONE who is going through something. Love you

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