Snapshots: Day 34
The Snapshot: “Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.” (Ex 1:8) The truth is that the world changes and not always for the better. For Israel it meant a period of slavery but that was not their destiny, just a pathway to an event that would stand out in their history revealing the incredible power and glory of God. Sometimes the path leading to glory is not easy but we always have the assurance that ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love him.’ (Rom 8:28) The hard path is the opportunity to grow, to reveal who we really are. On this path we chose whether we will become jaded and cynical, ever demanding our good, or glorious demonstrations of the power and presence of God in the midst of this Fallen World.
Further Consideration: Eternal glory is our end goal, our hope, a place in heaven with Christ. Perhaps much of the time we forget that as we get caught up in the daily affairs of life, but it is our end goal and it will be wonderful: no more tears, no more sickness, no more fears, no more doubts, no more anxieties. What a wonderful life to be looked forward to, and this is our inheritance.
But before we get there we have to live out this life on earth and I have often realised that I am grateful that I don’t know what turn things will take tomorrow. Today has got enough worries of its own! (Mt 6:34) If we knew the things that are coming in the next ten years, say, we would be filled with worries and anxieties; how will I cope?
But the bad things that come – like a new national leader who is not for us, we feel – we only see as bad, but the Bible shows, as in this present case he/it can be a motivating force for change, sometimes good, sometimes not so good – but we have to handle it!
This new king is going to bring bad; he is going to turn the Hebrews into slaves, but the bigger truth is that they have become complacent in living here and have no thought of moving back to Canaan. Now don’t expect things to move quickly. Moses is yet to be born, he will be forty before he leaves Egypt and eighty before he returns to free his people. Now we cannot understand the measuring stick in the Lord’s mind that deemed four hundred years the right period to tell Abraham, before He set Israel free from Egypt (see Gen 15:13), but remember if He hadn’t called Moses and then moved in judgment upon the new Pharaoh, the people of Israel would have remained there and perhaps even been wiped out there.
So when the changes come, we simply need the grace to handle them, but don’t jump to conclusions about them. Only the Lord knows the truth about them; ask Him.