27 The people of Israel lived in Egypt in the area of Goshen. They received property there. They had children and so became many. 28 Jacob lived 17 years in Egypt. He lived a total of 147 years. 29 The time came near for Israel to die. So he sent for his son Joseph. He said to him, “If you are pleased with me, put your hand under my thigh. Promise me that you will be kind and faithful to me. Don’t bury me in Egypt. 30 When I join the members of my family who have already died, carry me out of Egypt. Bury me where they are buried.” “I’ll do exactly as you say,” Joseph said. 31 “Give me your word that you will do it,” Jacob said. So Joseph gave him his word. And Israel worshiped God as he leaned on the top of his walking stick.
What an amazing man of faith is Jacob.
Regardless of what he had done early in life, at the end of his life he had become a man of faith. He was reluctant to move to Egypt but God spoke to him saying it was ok to go. But at no time was Egypt ever his home, and as he was about to die, made his son Joseph promise to never bury him in Egypt.
Even though his family had settled in Egypt, he did not consider it home.
Jacob ended his life full of faith.
How we finish the race is more important than how we start, that our faith grows, always looking forward to God fulfilling his promises regardless of our present circumstances.
Father, thank you for never giving up, for always keeping your promises. Regardless of my present circumstances, help me to always look forward and to trust you always.
Written by Andrew Martin