Friday, January 24
Today's reading: Genesis 41:37-57
What an extraordinary turn Joseph's life takes in Genesis 41. After being summoned before Pharaoh, where he is able—because of God—to interpret Pharaoh's strange dreams, he is elevated to second in command in all of Egypt!
Then, in his new and powerful position, Joseph is given Asenath to be his wife. As he runs the affairs of Egypt, Joseph starts his family, and he and Asenath have two sons. Joseph continues to recognize and honor God through the names he chooses for his two boys.
"Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. 'For,' he said, 'God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house.' The name of the second he called Ephraim, 'For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction'" (vs. 51-52).
These names and their meanings touched my heart and served to as a reminder that God expects us to be fruitful for Him wherever He places us and in and through every situation we encounter. Even though we may not be thrilled with our circumstances (we may even be hurting and feeling miserable), God knows, and we need to trust that He is not only watching over us but also using and working through us for His purposes.
How are you (or can you) be fruitful for God in your current situation, whatever that situation may be? Tami
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