During the years of seven abundance in Egypt, Joseph had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. The names had meaning. Manasseh—God helped him forget his past troubles—or to move past them—because he obviously remembered them, but they no longer held him a prisoner. Ephraim—God made Joseph fruitful in the land of suffering. Few of us have stories like Joseph—I certainly do not. But all of us have troubles. God doesn’t always deliver us from them—sometimes He helps us move past them and become fruitful even as a result of those troubles. Awesome God!

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