Gen. 41:51(KJV) 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.
Was Joseph able to forgive his brothers because he was a nice man? Would he have forgiven if after all the trouble he had ended up being the Chief of his village? Only God can tell.
From a very human point of view however, I’m thinking it must have been easier to forgive his brothers and Portiphar too considering that in an instance God’s reward and divine justification far outweighed all his struggles put together….
The name of his first son says it all: “For God has made me forget all my hardships and parental home” (Gen. 41:51 MSG.)
Being the Prime Minister of Egypt (the superpower of his days) far outweighed the coat of many colours, the pit, the slavery and the prison. It was more than worth it after all.
It’s like reaping a billion dollar reward for a penny worth of loss, and I’m sure given the chance, Joseph wouldn’t mind Treading the same paths for such a glorious end!
In the same vein, may God drop on your laps glorious results that would both justify and far outweigh all your life’s struggles put together in Jesus’ name.
For every shame I have ever known I shall have multiple honour
For confusion, I shall rejoice in their portion
In my land I shall possess the double
Everlasting Joy shall be mine (Isa. 61:7)
In Jesus’ Name!
Funmi Adebayo © 2016
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