Joseph also looked forward to God’s acts in the exodus. “By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones” (Heb. 11:22) The writer alludes to Gen. 50:24-25.
And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.’” (emphasis added)
Joseph looked forward to the day when God shall visit Israel in Egypt and bring them out of Egypt. Thus, he gave specific instructions about his bones. On the day of the exodus, they are to carry his bones out of Egypt. Joseph will not be there on that day. But in his mind and heart, he knew that that day will come. So he said, “God will visit you.” Then he said again, “God will surely visit you.” To his mind, it was as good as done.
That is the attitude of faith. You may not be there when it happens. But you see it coming. By faith, you know that it is surely coming.
Are you trusting God to provide your needs today? Declare these words, “God will surely visit me.” Are you trusting God for healing someone today? Say this, “God will surely visit him.” What are you trusting God to do? Say this to the one next to you, “God will surely visit you.”
What you’re asking God may still be in the future. But you must see it by faith. By faith, you must see it coming. You must believe in your heart that it is surely coming. Then you declare by faith, “God shall surely visit me.”
Faith obeys God though it might contradict His promise. Faith counts on God to fulfill His promise. Faith looks forward to what God can do.