Genesis 41:50-52: Journals in flesh.

“50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, ‘It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.’ 52 The second son he named Ephraim  and said, ‘It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.’” NIV

Some Christians find it helpful to keep a journal. They may write some of their prayers in there. They may also record important salient of God’s dealings with them. Even the best memories can fail, and a journal might help you remember. Also, who can say how much your little book may bless and encourage someone who comes across it after you are gone?

For a few years, I have been trying to keep a journal. I realise this is not for everyone, but it helps me. It’s not as detailed as it might be, but I am often encouraged (and even surprised!) as I read back through these notes. Again and again I can trace God’s providential goodness in the things I’ve jotted down.

As I read these words in Genesis today, the thought strikes me that Joseph wrote a journal in flesh. He encapsulated the story of God’s grace towards him in the names of ‘’Manasseh’’ and ‘’Ephraim’’.

 Whether or not you keep a journal, determine that by God’s grace you will remember His goodness.

PRAYER: Lord, I don’t like the land of suffering, and, if I’m honest, I’d rather not be there. But I acknowledge you do some of your greatest work amid it’s barren wastes. Help me not to fight you, but to surrender to you at all times, and trust your loving purposes.