By Rev Canon Chinemerem Uche
“Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.” (Exodus 1:8|NIV)
Joseph gave his life to Egypt. The wealth of his wisdom and sincerity were spent on Egypt and his foot prints though obliterated officially by the Egyptian chroniclers, yet in the heart of those he delivered from those seven hard years of famine, his remembrance is golden. The good we do is the imprints etched in the hearts of gold. Egypt had witnessed a change in leadership and by my own thinking it was not a democratic change, probably a new ethnic block or people of far left ideology have come to power. At last the true Egyptians, the traditional Egyptians, the aboriginals have come to power! It may have been in their mind ever before wrestling power out of the “foreign Pharaohs” to restore a pure Egypt and erase every pride of the aliens in power. To show how the Jews meant nothing to Pharaoh, he put them under cruel servitude.
Human Government, in this century is coloured as ‘democracy’ yet the executive powers therein are quite weighty. Pharoah used his well and like a washerman would wring every water out of the cloth he washed, he distressed and desipitated Israel of every energy to build his legacies. I write this in a time where Joe Biden within 48 hours of being sworn in as President of the United States, upturned some executive orders of his predessor. That indeed to me awed me of how we continue to prove that human rod of authority is transcient, extremely temporal despite it’s pomp and pageantry. We are obliged to serve these authorities but our hope as Christians is built on nothing less but Jesus blood and righteousness. Joseph demonstrated this and pleaded and insisted he be interred in the Promised Land.
It is indeed very dangerous to put your trust in man. Tommorow he smiles at you and the next day he imprisons you and next he flings the doors of the dungeon open, you walk out into change and fresh air only to be impaled on a pole and have the birds of the air bury you by their appetites. Is it not foolish to see supposedly ‘Kingdom citizens galivant about an earthly Lord, shamelessly doing their evil biddings and helping to spread darkness for the sake of niccities that add no eternal values? Remeber, one day, you shall be fuel for their fire if you continue to offer yourself ‘unchristly’ to them. Hallelujah, the midwives, the Bible says “Feared God.” They were not interested in the reward of Pharoah, maybe they had encountered God, and yes I say yes!
When you encounter Christ, you may not gain wealth but you gain an eternal reward. When you encounter Christ, the killing Pharoahs can never kill your spirit of reverence and fear. When you encounter Christ, you encounter a King whose rule is not in tenure and whose favour for you is not subject to review. If Christ has loved you, you will mean everything and much more to him. A pharoah came that knew not Joseph, but there never came another God, who knew not Joseph. God is God and there can never be another. Israel was never to be free again according to the imperial plan of Pharoah, but the unchanging God had already set them free before the creation of Pharoah. Christ is not just the judge of all, He is the Eternal Judge of all!
Therefore pilgrims, as we journey through in times of plenty and especially in times when men are becoming despotically all powerful, let us remember that He has assured us thus:
“Can a woman’s tender care,
Cease towards the Child she bare,
Yet she may forgetful be,
Yet will I remember thee.”
Be not alarmed if your name is missing in the honours or employment list, be not worried if all your love and labour is made light of, do not be worried if a dangerous cabal has taken power rather like a diver, dive into God’s unfailing word, swim in it, hold tightly to it for He says,
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16|NIV)
Prayer: Lord Jesus I put my trust in you. I know you will never fail, help me as I move in this temporal world to continue to hold unto you. Whoever or whatever wants to diminish my life cannot succeed because you the Lord is my fortress. I am not subject to any authority of evil and will never be under them. I will be that which Christ has ordained for me. I pray in Jesus Mighty Name Amen.