Made me Forget!
“Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house” (Genesis 41:51).
The memories of the past often cause emotional distress. It disrupts the peace of mind. Even if you try to forget, you do not succeed. The betrayal of his brothers, the false accusations of the wife of Potiphar, the brutality he encountered when he was imprisoned, must have caused immense anguish to Joseph.
One day, Joseph was married and Asenath came as his wife. The son Manasse was born. At this juncture, God did a miracle for Joseph and made him forget all his miseries and his father's family too. Thus peace came back into his life and he could discharge his governmental responsibilities with new found strength.
A wealthy elder said, "When I was driving the car, I accidentally dashed against a baby and witnessed the drastic scene of the child dying. Though with money, I was able to close the mouth of the parents of the child from going for a police complaint, the cruel scene of the death of the child never went out of my vision. Unless God helps me to forget it, I cannot forget. Forgetting such things are indeed the great miracles of God.
One brother said, "During my youth days, I fell in love with a young girl and we greatly loved each other. We exchanged promises too. But due to the caste difference and dowry issues I got separated from her. When I went for a different life partner, she committed suicide. Even though I am married for thirty years, my conscience pricks me even today. The guilty conscience deprives me of peace. How am I to forget this?”
Other than the Lord, no one else can help to forget it. When the acts of treachery and the evil words of others squeeze the heart, the thoughts trouble us even in dreams. Ask "Give me a Manasseh God. Let me forget the past.” Furthermore, resolve to confess and get over the sins. Dedicate yourself one hundred percent in the hands of God so that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guards your heart.
Paul the apostle says, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13,14). Thus says the Lord, "Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things will not be remembered or come to mind" (Isaiah 65:17).
To meditate: “I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile” (Job 9:27).