Look for Your Ephraim

21 Jan

“And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” Genesis 41:52

Joseph had just experienced severe hardship, pain, and rejection for the past several years. He was rejected by his brothers, severed from his family, sold as a slave, accused of an action he never committed, thrown into prison, and forgotten by the one he had helped. If that was enough, his moral reputation was destroyed due to another’s lie.

Then in God’s perfect timing, he was remembered, looked upon in favor, and lifted to a place of authority because of the wisdom and discretion that he attained in God alone. Pharoah looked to him for guidance, set him over all the land of Egypt. and gave him a place of honor. He gave him a wife and then God blessed Joseph with two sons. One of them was Ephraim.

Joseph looked at his son and saw him as a token of God’s goodness and faithfulness. He named him Ephraim as a reflection of praise to the Lord. Joseph realized that the Lord caused him to be fruitful and abounding even in the midst of his affliction and trials.

How many times do we stop to see God’s blessing in the midst of our calamity and hardship? Trials are allowed in our lives as a means of strengthening our faith in Him. They cause us to grow in a deeper way and help us to mature in our walk with the Lord.

Trials will often bring tears and sorrow. When our strength seems so small, we must not forget that God is on our side. When we don’t see a glimmer of hope on the horizon, we must believe that He is accomplishing something far greater than we can ever begin to imagine.

Look for your “Ephraim”. We need to believe to see the goodness of God and thank Him for the ways that he causes us to be fruitful in the midst of our affliction. Hardship and Blessing can walk hand in had.

What is God accomplishing in your life through the whirlwind of uncertainties? What token of blessing have you been given as a means to remember the faithfulness of Jesus Christ during your affliction? Praise Him and thank Him this very moment.

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6 Responses to “Look for Your Ephraim”

  1. Anna January 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Thank you for this reminder, Sara! 🙂

  2. cypress1948 January 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    What a beautiful story!! Earler, tonight, I had an emage of you like a pinecone that spread its seed to grow up into a great forest!! This will be like your ministry! I would like to put a poem herebut wanted your permission to do so. This story is very encouraging to me!!

  3. Sara Nicole January 22, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    You’re very kind. Thank you for your encouraging words!

  4. cypress1948 January 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    here s a poem I hope you like. Of course you did not give me permission, but you did respond. Please let me know if I can put it here. (Copyright issues ect.) Also, when you get your book published, would you please send me an autographed copy? I will pay for it of course. Also, my friend and I are working on the screenplay for the movie Please contune to pray for it. Also, another person I knew went to heaven last week. It seems like everyone I know is going to heaven these days! However, she had lived many years. Please pray for her hubby. He is a minister or has been anyway.
    This comment was not apporate for the earler post, but THIS one is because of te subject of pain in life.

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