Hebrews 11:22, Genesis 50:22-26
Once again, Joseph enters my study, but not in a part of his life in which he is well known. What I am looking at today is about his death. While Joseph’s life is not what I am examining, it is important to remember that he is in Egypt working for the Pharaoh. He was taken to Egypt forcibly because he was sold to slave traders by his brothers. God used Joseph to save his family later by giving him a position of high command for Pharaoh. Jacob and his sons moved to Egypt because of a famine, and Joseph made sure they were well cared for. As a result, Jacob’s (Israel’s) family grew in Egypt.
In Genesis 50:24-25, we get to read about Joseph’s great faith in God. I do find it interesting that Joseph lived a life of faith and accomplished great things even when he was at his worst points of his life, yet this is the part of his life that Hebrews focuses on when commenting on his faith. Joseph speaks of the fact that God will need to come to the Israelite’s aid when it is time for them to leave Egypt, and has them swear that they will take his bones out of Egypt. Once again, symbolic of the fact that Joseph knew he didn’t belong in Egypt, even though he had spent most of his life there.
Joseph lived a life of privilege once he was honored by Pharaoh, yet he knew there was more to this life than the material things it offered. By faith, Joseph remembered that God had a plan for his family, even though he was surrounded by good things. By faith, Joseph knew that honoring God was more important than comfort. He lived a life that demonstrated his faith and even ended up in prison because he chose to make the right choice, and we still see at the end of his life that his focus was on the promises that God made, not on earthly things. Joseph knew that God offered more.
It is so easy to get caught up in what this world has to offer, yet God wants us to keep our focus on Him. When our focus is on Him and not on what the world offers, we are able to honor God. I love David’s prayer in Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth: give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” David prayed for an undivided heart! We know that we can ask God for His help when we lose our focus. I want an undivided heart for God!
Have you lost your focus of putting God above what is here on earth? Use David’s example and pray for an undivided heart.