Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.
Joseph experienced the faithfulness of God, through out all of the hard times which he endured, by the grace of God. No matter whether he was in a pit, as a slave, or in jail, Joseph knew God was near. And as Joseph experienced the faithfulness of God, Joseph’s faith in God grew. Through everything Joseph went through, God was preparing him for a bigger role. One that he was not ready for, prior to going through his whole ordeal.
God had promised Joseph early in life, that people would bow to him, including his brothers and his parents. God had a plan for Joseph’s life, only when He had revealed that to Joseph, Joseph was not ready for it. He was much too proud and had many lessons to learn. He did that as a slave and a prisoner. And when God’s timing was right, God’s plan came about.
One night, Pharaoh had two dreams, which nobody could interpret for him. Only at that time did the cup-bearer remember Joseph. He remembered how Joseph had interpreted both his dream and the baker’s dream. Joseph was brought out of prison and before Pharaoh. God had prepared Joseph for this moment. When the dreams were told to him, Joseph made sure to be faithful to God and give Him the credit for the interpretation. He realized that without God, he could do nothing. A fact that the younger Joseph would have missed. Both dreams were about seven good years, followed by seven lean years of crops. Joseph wisely advised Pharaoh to store crops from the good years, so that they could survive the lean years. Realizing how wise Joseph was, Pharaoh made him second in charge in all of the kingdom and charged him with getting this plan implemented.
Joseph did. He built large storage building to store the crops. During the lean years, people came from all over the world to buy food in Egypt. Among the people who came, were his brothers. They came before him, not realizing who he was and bowed to him. His promised dream had come true. God was faithful to his plan and Joseph was faithful to his God. God’s plan was for Joseph to go through all of these tribulations, in order to save his family. The family from which Jesus would be born.
Joseph moved his family to Egypt, in order to provide for them. He got to see his dad Jacob again. He got to truly know his brothers and bond with them. However, even though they now lived in Egypt and Joseph was second in command, he knew this place was not where God had promised Abraham. He knew one day, God would call His people out of Egypt. He knew that God was faithful to His promises. So because of this, on his death-bed, he made the sons of Israel promise to take his bones with them when God led them out.
His was faith was in God and the promises of God. His faith was in the fact that God keeps His promises. He knew, from his experiences with God, that God is faithful. He knew if God said something, it would come to pass. He knew Egypt was not his home, and his faith in God was that one day God would bring him home.
My faith is the same. This world is not my home. I belong in Heaven, because I have placed by faith in Christ, as my only hope. I have the desire of Abraham, hoping for a better country, a Heavenly one. My faith is God’s Word and His promises, that one day He is coming back for me to take me home to be with Him, forever! I hope that is true for you as well. Come soon Lord Jesus!
Oh God, what great faith Joseph had. He knew You, because He experienced You. Even in the hard times, his faith was in You. I have no hope but You. Help me to always trust You, even in the times where my world seems to be falling apart. You do not call me to understand everything, but to trust You and put my faith in You and You alone. Help me to do that. Amen.