Genesis 41:37-57 This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants...
think about it.
How does Joseph's perspective (41:50-52) help you handle change in your life?
Joseph's life has taken a dramatic turn as we get to Genesis 41:37-57. He's no longer in prison but is now second in command in all of Egypt. Is God amazing or what? As Joseph is running Egypt, he also starts his family and we see that he and his wife have two sons. Joseph names them Manasseh and Ephraim and continues to honor God with the names he selects. It was the meaning of those names that touched my heart as I read today, and particularly the definition of Ephraim. "'For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.'" This really got me thinking about how just because I may not be thrilled with my situation (I may even be hurting and feeling miserable) that doesn't mean God isn't using me in and through that situation for His purposes. Bottom line--we're called to be fruitful wherever we're at.
So where do you find yourself today? In a good spot, in affliction or somewhere in between? Whatever the case, how can you be fruitful in it? Tami W.
P.S. Today is tough day as we remember the tragic events of September 11th. I encourage you to pray for those who are grieving and still feeling the effects of such tremendous loss. May each of us fully embrace being lights in a dark world--bringing hope to the hopeless.
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