Scripture Reading: Gen 41:51
And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.
Reflections: For 13 years, life for Joseph was hard. He had been sold into slavery by his brothers. Life in a foreign country was not all that comfortable. Eventually he even got slandered by his master’s wife which landed him in prison. His life could best be described as a toil but one day there was a turn around. He was freed from prison and appointed into the position of a Prime minister after interpreting the King’s dream. This came with unprecedented privileges and rights which completely took out toiling in his life. As he looked for a name to give to his first born son, he settled on Manasseh which in Hebrew meant ‘causing to forget’. He wanted to remind himself of how God had caused him to forget about his toils. By the story of Joseph, you get to understand that it does not matter how long you toil in life. God can cause you to forget it through a change in circumstances He will bring your way. He will usher you into an occasion where you can’t help but label or call something around you ‘Manasseh’!. Watch out for that occasion. It is coming.
Prayer: Oh God, cause me to forget any toil in my life. Let there be a change in my circumstances to your glory. Give me the occasion to label or call something ‘Manasseh’ in my life.
Confession: God will cause me to forget about all my toils. I will have the occasion to show the world my ‘Manasseh’.