Exodus 1:8 Then a new king to whom Joseph meant nothing came to power in Egypt. “Look ” he said to his people ” the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come we will 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 our country.” So they made the Israelites’ lives bitter and were ruthless with them.
The King of Egypt saw the people of God flourishing. Instead of seeing it as a blessing he was filled with fear. Why? Instead of embracing them and understanding them and their God, he wanted power and allegiance to himself. He feared their relationship with God would be damaging to him.
But those who truly love and follow God and his ways are the best thing that ever happened to this world. These people are are the best friends. The best citizens. They are filled with the God’s love and grace. Their world view is to love God and love others.
The King of Egypt missed out on the blessing of God and all He had for Egypt and instead became cruel and ruthless because fear began to control him. He became so confused and distorted that instead of reaching out to God and receiving blessing from his people he eventually faced judgement.
What if he had embraced God’s people and their God? His kingdom would have flourished but instead it faced plagues dreaded and horrible things . What a lie! Fear is a liar.
With elections about to take place in the US and Australia in the next few months, I am wondering if fear is keeping both countries from the blessings that God has for it because the leaders don’t understand and see that God is good. There will be a blessing if God’s way is exalted. Let’s pray for a greater revelation of God’s love in the heart of the leaders up for election because perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18