Faith Makes Provision

Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord. Psalm 102:18

I have had to learn that I am not making this journey of faith, even meandering after Moses, on my own. I have already suffered the crash and burn that comes from trying to fly alone…so the scars of the crash prompt me to stay connected with a people of faith. My weaknesses are now very obvious to me every day, I am in training still. This training has me meandering after Moses.

I have followed through the plagues and stood on the Holy ground of Passover Salvation and now will follow as the Israelites leave the land that pictures captivity to sin and death. But first we stop to keep a promise.

Even though Moses moves with the urgency of haste (Ex 12:11), he makes time to arrange that the bones of Joseph move with the people. In the space of just one verse (Ex 13:19) Moses shares with us another great sign post for our journey of faith. He writes about the promise that Joseph made his heirs swear to in Genesis 50:25, that when…not if…they leave Egypt, they would carry his bones with them. He looked forward in faith and made provision for what was to come many years later.

“By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.” Hebrews 11:22

Faith makes provision. This is a tremendous word in my journey. Do I behave like I believe? Moses records a promise and a fulfillment not just for us to just witness the faithfulness of the Israelites in keeping the promise. But look! What faithfulness there is in the one who has the Israelites MAKE the promise! To say “Today I will make provision for a distant tomorrow” is a great testimony of faith. Do I behave today in a way that testifies that I believe what is written about our tomorrows? I am still in training. What word of encouragement do you have in this area?

Blessings To You Who Meander After Moses With Me,

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Christina C. is a woman energized by encouraging others. She never wants to forget that she is a ragamuffin...a broken earthen vessel, heavy laden, bedraggled, and weary until grace changed her life. She now holds a treasure in a cracked earthen vessel. Anything bright or beautiful is the treasure shining through the cracks.
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  3. ccragamuffin says:

    Wow, thank you for the detailed fleshing out of the “bones” of the story…it adds much to the post. And for reminding us that our bones will be carried by our children, spiritual as well as physical children. Blessings.

  4. Labeth Youngblood says:

    Joseph was in Egypt for over 90 years. After being sold into slavery as a teen, he died, still in Egypt, never having left, at over 100 years old. BUT, as a child he more than likely spent much time at his father’s knee as Jacob instilled in him FAITH. Talked about it ~ Lived it. When he was swept away from all Godly influences, he was already fully equipped to stand strong in that Faith. It was fully infused into his entire being. He BELIEVED it. He LIVED it. You couldn’t seperate Joseph from his faith. He had no doubt that God would do what He had promised. He died, “not having received the promises”,( Heb 11:13 and 39), but he believed it nonetheless.

    I love how is says in Ex. 12:40 that the “sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was 430 years”. A sojourn is a temporary stay. TEMPORARY??? 430 years??? Yet, it also says in that same passage that “it came to pass at the end of 430 years, ON THAT SAME DAY…” that they left Egypt. It is no coincidence that they departed exactly on the day that God planned. He knew even before Joseph placed a foot in Egypt just how long he, and his family, would be there. And He knew the EXACT day they would leave. There was a beginning of the journey, and an end. God’s timing is perfect. Joseph could not have imagined how very lonnnnng it would take. His only part was to simply BELIEVE.

    We believe, not because we can see, not because we know why, or even how. We believe because of HIM who has proven Himself trustworthy and believable. We have that blessed hope of a “heavenly country” (Heb 11:16) and it sustains us, and motivates us and grounds us when all else is shaking. We believe in that same God. The very same one who sustained Joseph, and who enabled Moses, also keeps us, and enables us to believe, even when we can’t see how to believe. .

    I wonder if Moses contemplated God’s faithfulness as he made plans for Joseph’s bones to be brought with them. I wonder if it gave him strong footing for hope? The same God who was faithful to Joseph is faithful to me. I hope my children will “carry my bones” so to speak. I hope they will be infused with my faith, and rest their hope in my Savior. I pray my life will give them foundation and footing for that hope. Our sojourn here is temporary. We seek a heavenly country.

  5. You are not alone Mike. I am still in training too. Exactly for what is only known to God. But through my faith, HE has made provision. I have seen it demonstrated in my life over and over, especially since Wendy had her heart attack and fully recovered when even the doctors had said there was no hope. I believe I am living today in ways that testify of my tomorrows now more than ever. Great post Mike. I have surely missed you.

    • mtsweat says:

      Hi Bob! Great to see you about good friend. While you were out taking care of Wendy, Cee Cee came aboard as a contributing author here at RIHG. This is one of her fantastic writes. But I am also in the training mode! So I figured popping in is okay since I’m meandering right along with Moses and Cee Cee. Thanks for reading and commenting… blessings.

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