Joseph then said to his brothers, "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God
meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive" (Gen.
50:20). Joseph realized that even though his brothers had had evil in mind when they
sold him into slavery, "God planned it for good" (v. 20, Berkeley). Oh, that we might
grasp the sovereignty of God as Joseph did.
Just as his father, Jacob, was determined that Egypt was not to be the final resting place
for his bones, so Joseph determined the same about his bones. It was this final and
crowning statement of faith that won Joseph his place in God's hall of fame (Heb. 11).
It was not Joseph's striking victory at Potiphar's house nor his vast administrative
achievements that won him this place. Rather, it was this last commandment of faith
concerning his bones. God's Word says that "by faith Joseph, when he died, made
mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning
his bones" (v. 22).
God is pleased when we trust Him and demonstrate our confidence in Him by the way
we live. It is by this faith principle that God works in our lives. If we want to please the
Lord more and glorify Him more, then we must start believing Him more and trusting Him
When we really believe Him, we will act upon our faith because we have taken God at
Being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Rom.