The Space Between
And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” Genesis 41:50-52 NKJVMy expectations often determine what I receive in life.And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. Genesis 35:18 NKJVDon’t ever name what you’re going through while you’re going through it!Manasseh – “forgetting.”Ephraim - “fruitful.”Joseph’s logic: Before I can experience fruitfulness I have to be delivered from hardship and trials.And Israel said to Joseph, “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!” So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn. Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’ ” And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh. Genesis 48:11-20 NKJVGod’s logic: He will make you fruitful in times of hardship and trial; then you will experience deliverance from hardship and trials.And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. Genesis 39:3 NKJV
But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21 NKJVJoseph had two main gifts – managing households & interpreting dreams.The character of a seed is built within the seed and not within the environment.But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away… Genesis 40:14-15 NKJVA faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:4-5 NKJVIf we’re not careful, we can become undone over the undone!The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good… Genesis 1:2-4 NKJV
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 NKJVThe completion of the promise hinges on your ability to be thankful for the small things.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV