"The second son he named Ephraim and said, 'It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.'" Genesis 41:52
When Joseph was elevated to rule over the Egyptian kingdom, he revealed
some profound truths gained from the experiences of his years of
adversity. He named his first son, Manasseh for, he said, "God has made
me forget all my trouble and all my father's household" (Gen. 41:51b).
His second son was named Ephraim because, "God has made me fruitful in
the land of my suffering."
Whenever God takes us through the land of affliction, He will do two
things through that affliction: 1) He will bring such healing that we
will be able to forget the pain, and 2) He will make us fruitful from
the painful experiences.
God does not waste our afflictions if we allow Him the freedom to
complete the work in us. His desire is to create virtue that remains
during the times of testing so that He can bring us into the place of
fruitfulness in the very area of our testing. He has never promised to
keep us from entering the valleys of testing, but He has promised to
make us fruitful in them. He is the God who turns the Valley of Achor
(trouble) into a door of hope (see Hos. 2:15).
If you are in the valley of affliction, now is the time to press into
Him. When the time comes to bring you out of this valley, He will heal
your memories and bring fruit from this very time.