Acting in faith. In Hebrews 11:1 it defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” Joseph’s final words were words of faith as he asked the people to promise something that they couldn’t even really imagine at that point.
Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.”
Genesis 50:25 NASB
Joseph knew that God had a promised to take the people of Israel back to the Promised Land at some point, and Joseph want to go and be part of that promise as well. Joseph speaking these words of faith demonstrates just how deeply he loved and trusted God. No matter what he could see with his eyes, Joseph knew what God had spoken in his heart, and he trusted it.
Do we have faith to trust God no matter what we see with our eyes? God’s promises are true, I just can’t always see them, or see how God will fulfill them. But my lack of vision is not a problem for God. Will our lives be like Joseph’s and be characterized by faith in what is unseen and hoped for?