40 Days of Faith
"By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure
of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones."
Joseph had truly made the best of a bad situation. He understood that God had a greater plan than he could have imagined all of those years ago when he was sold into slavery. He allowed God to take him into the worst situation imaginable in order for God to show His power and might to a whole nation. Now he is the second in command in all the land, his family is comfortably settled, and it is time to sit back and reap the benefits of all his labor. Not so for Joseph!
This is without doubt not the Promised Land. God has shown Joseph's fathers that there is a promise that awaits them far away from the land of Egypt. God has in His grace and mercy provided a homeland for His people. There will come a day when they will have to get up and move on from this place. This is not the place where they are to become comfortable and settled; this is foreign territory. It does not matter how good life seems to them at this point; God has provided something better. Joseph desired to be in that place so much that he told them at his death to make sure they carried his bones out of Egypt to this land of promise.
In the same fashion, we are not to get too comfortable in this world. This is not our home; we have a land of promise as well. There are times that we live on this earth as if there is nothing else to live for. We become complacent and satisfied with the pleasures and cares of this world, and we start to think that we are home. With heavenly eyes we must look beyond the landscape and cares of this world to a place where God dwells. We must be spiritually looking to grow more each and every day. God's work of sanctification in our lives is to prepare us for that heavenly land. He wants us to grow in His power and wisdom so that we might be fit and properly clothed for His kingdom.
May you be looking ahead for God's promise today!