The well known Bible character, Joseph, was 30 when he became governor of Egypt. He was 17 when he was sold into slavery. For 13 years he dealt with pain and confusion, maintained both his character and commitment to God, and allowed his trials to make him triumphant.
Jospeh didn’t simply forget what had happened to him by simply pretending that it didn’t, but took positive steps to prevent his past having a hold over his life and his future. God gave Joseph two sons: he named them Manasseh, which means ‘God has made me forget,’ and Ephraim, which means ‘God has made me twice fruitful in the land of my afflictions.’
God helped Joseph overcome the memory of his painful past by naming the things that he would see everyday as reminders of God’s goodness. Everyday that he saw his children, their very names spoke volumes. Forget, and be twice fruitful. The other option would have been to name them ‘remember your pain’ and ‘never move on.’
He still had the memory, but he prospered in spite of it. When you walk with God, the promise before you will be greater than the pain behind you.
Here are five principles that Joseph taught us to live by:
Don’t try to ignore or pretend it never happened. God will give you the grace to handle it, not deny it.
Believe that God will more than make up the time, relationships and opportunities you’ve lost.
List the people that have wronged you. Forgive them and release them to God in prayer. Now tear up that list.
Tell God that you are ready to start over again.
Don’t look back, but keep moving forward into all that God has for you.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.