Second Ruler of Egypt

Bible:

This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:37-45 ESV

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. I Timothy 2:1-2 ESV

Reflection:

Do you know who the leader of your country is? How about the leader of your area, or of your city or town? Do you ever pray for these people? It may be that you or your parents don’t agree with them, or with the things they do. Many government leaders, though, are good and do the best they can for the people they lead. In some places, however, leaders in the government hurt Christians, sometimes very badly, by putting them in jail or even putting them to death. But whether our leaders are good or not so good or even terrible, God calls us to respect their position and to pray for them. It takes God’s help and blessing for government leaders to make people able to live in safety and peace.

God called Joseph to be a government leader. He became the second-highest ruler in Egypt under the Pharaoh. God didn’t give him this position so he could have power and respect and riches. He gave it to Joseph so that Joseph could serve and help the people. There was a famine coming, and it was important for a wise leader to make good plans and keep the people from starving to death. God called Joseph to do this work.

God gives us the government as a gift. His plan is to bless us with safety and peace through our government. But often the government falls short of God’s plan. The first and best thing we can do when that happens is to go to God in prayer. Human people are sinful and make mistakes, sometimes bad mistakes, but God will never fail us. Even if life is hard, we can be sure of his love and blessing. Jesus died on the cross partly because the Roman government of his time let a terrible injustice happen to him. But God used that to save us forever. So we know that even if our government fails us, God will work through the bad things and always love and help us.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, please help and bless the leaders of our government so that they will be a blessing to their people. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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