What do we associate with and where is our focus? Jacob had gone to Egypt and was going to live in Egypt, but he wasn’t of Egypt. He made that very clear with his final request. Read Genesis 47:27-31.
but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” And he said, “I will do as you have said.”
Genesis 47:30 NASB
Jacob knew that even though he and his family were here for now, this was not their home and this was not their promise. So Jacob asked to be carried back, in death, where he knew the land was promised to them by God.
We can be in a certain place for a specific purpose and reason, but that doesn’t mean that the place is our home or our promise. The best example is Christians who live here on earth. We’ve been promised heaven and one day we will receive that, but for right now, we are here for specific purpose.
Still, that’s not the only example. Our jobs, our friends, our homes, all of these may be situations where we are in them just so that God can fulfill a specific need in our lives or the life of others, but that doesn’t mean that is the fulfillment of God’s promise and plan for us. Jacob understood this and didn’t want to get too attached to this new place because in the end, he knew where he truly belonged.
Will we stay as focused on the end goal and promise that God has given us and realize that everything else God brings in our path is just something we are passing through?