As time passed, "unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came,
which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him. And Joseph called
the name of the firstborn Manasseh [forgetting]: For God, said he, hath made me forget
all my toil, and all my father's house" (Gen. 41:50-51).
This does not mean that God had caused Joseph to forget about his family, but He
caused him to forget about the trials of the past as related to his family. This is exactly
what happens when a person walks with the Lord. The blessings are so many he forgets
about the trials.
Joseph named his second son "Ephraim," which means "fruitful." Joseph said, "For God
hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction" (v. 52). Joseph had forgotten the
trials and now saw only the fruit that God had brought about in his life.
So it will be with us when we really grasp the significance of the truths stated in Romans
As we are conformed more and more to the image of Jesus Christ, we will be so thrilled
with what God has accomplished in our lives that we will tend to forget the tests and
sufferings that were used to cause us to be conformed to God's Son.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after
that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you (1 Pet.