By faith Joseph, as he was nearing the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions concerning his bones. Hebrews 11:22
Joseph never forgot the stories of his great grandfather. They had been passed down to him at the feet of his father, Jacob. Though rejected and sent into slavery, and then living most of his life in Egypt, he wasn’t fooled about God’s promise about the promised land. Though the Israelites were enjoying prosperity, he still was not tricked into thinking this would be their permanent home. He could foresee the exodus of his people years down the road. Not because he foresaw their captivity but because he knew they were headed for the land God had shown Abraham.
Joseph envisioning it is impressive enough but then put legs to his faith by making plans about his own death and burial. He made no ‘just in case’ caveats that went like this ~ “I’d like to be buried with my people if they leave his place but if they don’t, here’s what I want done with my bones in Egypt.” No, he just made plans for his bones after leaving with the people ~ so sure was he of the exodus ~ so sure was he of the word of his God. This is the reason he makes it into the hall of faith.
When I begin to distrust God’s promises, I will jump to make alternate plans in case God doesn’t come through. I conceive an Ishmael instead of waiting for my Isaac. Joseph had all kinds of seeming proof that God had changed his mind about the destiny of His people; the drought that nearly killed his clan, their migration to Egypt, their prosperity since they integrated into Egyptian culture, etc. But Joseph wasn’t fooled.
Once God has made His will for me clear, I should never have a backup plan just in case. How suspicious is that! Either I trust or I don’t. Either God is faithful or He is not. I make plans to enter God’s open door and nothing should deter my footsteps.
Don’t let me mistake Your roundabout path for a permanent detour. Amen