“It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau. It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff. It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.” Hebrews 11:20-22
These great leaders of the Bible are our examples. I know that at times it is hard to have faith. It is hard to believe what we just don’t see is happening. None of these great leaders had it easy. Every one of them had problems and at times I am sure that they lost faith, but in the end, God did what He had promised. They were all looking forward to what God had for them in the future.
Isaac was the son through whom God would fulfill His promise to Abraham, yet the building of the nation would ultimately take place through his sons, Jacob and Esau. Isaac passed the promise he had received from his father to his sons. This demonstrated his trust in God’s promise he had received from his father. Jacob also trusted God to keep His promise. Even as he neared death, he still had the faith in God. His faith was future oriented and fixed on God’s faithfulness. Joseph looked forward in faith and trusted that God would redeem his people from Egypt. He anticipated the day he would return to Israel. That was only going to happen when God led Israel out of Egypt and into the promise land. His faith was so great that he even told his sons to take his bones with them when they returned.
These great leaders did not only have faith for themselves. They passed this faith down to their families. Is your faith and trust in God great enough to pass that faith on to your children?