“When the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, Now if I have found favor in your sight, please put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me. Please do not bury me in Egypt.”
Genesis 47:29 NKJB
Here we see Jacob (Israel) realize He is going to die and move on to be with the LORD after he has been living in Egypt seventeen years. What he realizes is that Egypt
(the world) looks attractive and doesn’t want his family to stay. He wants to be buried in the promised land Israel, so his kids will follow!
“Do not love the world or the things of the world. If someone loves the world, then love for the Father is not in him; because all things of the world-the desires of the old nature, the desires of the eyes, and the pretensions of life-are not from the Father but from the world. And the world is passing away, along with its desires. But whoever does God’s will remains forever.”
1 John 2:15-17 CJB
Now it takes 400+ years for the children of Israel to get to the promised land and it may take 10, 20, 30 or more years for us. But, our focus needs to be the LORD and His kingdom not the world and its messes!
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 27:1 NKJB
Yes, we have to walk in the world, but we don’t have to take part in it! As believers we need to be living for the LORD, walking in His ways and desiring to reflect His love, so people around us can get a glimpse of the promised land! This will also keep us focused on the LORD! Have a blessed day looking for the LORD!