Genesis 41-50-52 And 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: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house. And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction
What others may see as a season of defeat, is only a season of preparation. God never brings His people to a season of victory without first preparing them for it. Prior to Joseph’s ascension to the office of governor, those looking on could have concluded that he had failed, not recognizing that God was preparing him for the season of victory that was ahead. Joseph realized that this was what happened in retrospect and named his sons to reflect the two seasons of his life. He named his first son Manasseh, which meant that the Lord had made him to forget all his toil. The toil spoken of represents his season of preparation. Ephraim was what he named his second son, it means fruitfulness. Note that fruitfulness came after the season of preparation.
Rather than be bitter about your season of preparation, be grateful. The purpose of the season of preparation is to ensure that we are ready to possess what God has promised. There are at least four (4) things that should happen in the season of preparation. First, we should learn to revere or esteem God above anything else. In Deuteronomy 8:3 God allowed the Israelites to suffer hunger so that they would learn to esteem His words above all else. Not only did the Israelites prove Him as a deliver, they proved him as their provider as well.
The second thing that should happen is that you will identify the people in your world who are truly for you. It was in David’s preparation season that he proved that Jonathan was truly for him.
The third thing that should happen is that we should learn wisdom so that we can make the right decisions. A chief reason Pharaoh made Joseph governor was because of his wisdom.
The fourth thing that should happen in the season of preparation is that we should excel in the area of our giftedness or calling. While going through his preparation season Joseph grew as a leader and exceled as an interpreter of dreams. God has you where you are for a purpose, make the best of it.
Life Application: Give thanks to God for your season of preparation and embrace the purposes for which God wants you to go through this season.
Prayer: Lord, I must admit that the preparation season is hard, lonely and emotional in so many ways. But, thank you for showing through your word that greater things will come after this season. Keep me grounded and continue to guide me. In Jesus’ name, amen.