Empowered Devotional Series
Tuesday October 31, 2023
Scripture: Exodus 1 6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. 8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” 11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
Meditation: While we enjoy the provisions and blessing that God our heavenly Father has given to us through the faithfulness of the generations preceding us, we must never take our freedom for granted, nor come to think of that freedom as an entitlement. The world we live in is hostile, and the enemy of our souls is bent on our destruction; therefore, remain vigilant in prayer and discerning the duplicitous work of the enemy.
– Egypt, as well as the surrounding nations had benefited greatly from the influence of godly leadership, so too have generations benefited tremendously from the godly influence of Christian leadership in the nation of Canada and through many other nations have also been blessed through Canadian charity.
– However, a time came in the history of Egypt when a leader came to power who knew nothing of Joseph’s wise and godly counsel nor did he care to know about it. Such a time has come upon our nation as well when Christian counsel is slandered and trampled under foot.
– Notice that the cause for concern we see listed in the above text was that the chosen people, those who worshipped the One True God were considered a threat because of their growing numbers. I wonder how many have considered Christianity a real threat because of the number of professing believers post World War 2 and the impact the Christian faith has had on the moral and political values of this nation?
– The leadership in Egypt decided they needed to deal shrewdly with the Israelites and work towards oppressing them. Sound familiar at all? In Universities many professors openly ridicule the Christian faith and apparently post secondary education is the place many young people inevitably walk away from their faith. Our Prime Minister has openly ridiculed Christian faith publicly.
– Like the people of Israel, we must cry out to the Lord for deliverance now, before it is too late and freedom is taken from our land. God is our refuge and strength!