“Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, ‘For,’ he said, ‘God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household’” (Genesis 41:51).
The human capacity to remember is both helpful and hurtful. It is helpful in the recall of things we need to know and hurtful when remembering things best forgotten. Joseph chose to forget the many hurtful things perpetuated against him by others. In Hebrew it carries the idea of being “oblivious to” or “unmindful of.” Storing up bitterness becomes a cancer of the soul. It’s akin to you eating rat poison and hoping the rat will die.