The Purpose of Pharaoh – I Mean Biden

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Much of America continues to lament, if not protest, the election of Joe Biden. Was it fair? Was it rigged? Was there fraud? (What? Fraud in politics? Shocking!) But in how much up stir should the believer in Christ partake, might not sovereign God have a purpose in raising and establishing leaders and kings? He says He does in Daniel 2:21,

“He changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings”.

An elementary view of the Hebrews in Genesis into Exodus finds that, following a severe famine, God brought the sons of Jacob into Egypt where they enjoyed prosperity and the best of that land. God providentially brought Joseph into Egypt ahead them and raised up this godly young man to be a powerful leader. God established Joseph and blessed His people through his reign.

Generations later, an oppressive and cruel Pharaoh arose over Egypt and the Lord declares that He Himself raised him to power. Why? Through this despot sovereign God would display His powerful attributes over demon gods and in doing so, set His people free.

But the bigger picture may be missed here. God raised up Joseph through divine providence to be a reigning power in Egypt and through him the people of God were gathered there. They enjoyed the best of the land, prosperity and safety. Life was good for many generations. Why leave Goshen? Who wants a nebulous ‘promised land’ or ‘deliverance’ from a good life?

Raising up a despot that would oppress and enslave was a formidable catalyst for a heart cry to God. And became the fire needed to ignite their hearts to separate and flee.

With all the American clamor and protests about elections, fraud, economic and legislative fears, have we become so attached to Goshen that we have lost sight of the Promised Land, eternity in God’s coming Kingdom? Have we any cry for our Deliverer to “save us from our sins” and “rescue us from the dominion of darkness”? Or do we just want deliverance from leftist socialist intrusion into our prosperous and enjoyable life?

Many Christians are praying for God to remove people from office, install others, and abolish immorality. Was it at all possible for the Hebrews to pray away Pharaoh? Could we imagine praying away the Antichrist? A pastor’s wife, who had asked me to pray for a election overturn, replied to my objections, “It’s only prayer, what harm will it do?”

Are we rubbing a genie bottle or approaching the King? Aren’t we compelled to pray in His will, to align with His heart? There is a harm in trivializing prayer and the holiness of Whom we beseech. Moreover, if we are occupied with the thoughts, desires, and will of our own heart and the things of this world, what true burdens are we neglecting of the Lord’s heart?

The Lord says nowhere, “make yourselves at home in this world”. He says live like strangers, foreigners, and aliens. For the most part, those folks can’t even vote. Without an oppressive Pharaoh, perhaps the Hebrews would still be in Egypt. What will charge us toward our Deliverer and turn our hearts away from the things of this world to our promised land?

Campaigning for righteousness, morality, and prosperity seems very good and unifying but it is not the Gospel. Morality marches seem virtuous, even invigorating but are always ecumenical. The true Gospel is unpopular, and our true strength does not come from improving the world but separating from it.

Whomever is inaugurated in January, let us draw nearer to our King. As the world spins faster to its demise, let us not miss one call, not one divine assignment or appointment. I pray we not settle for improving or upgrading this already condemned world but set our heart on things above, that the Lord might lead and fulfill His purposes through our imperfect yet willing vessels.

Missing God’s call because of ‘good causes’ would be the worst fraud of all.

However difficult to receive, if it be God’s will, let ‘Pharaoh’ step up and lead. God reveals His great power with the backdrop of darkness.

8 thoughts on “The Purpose of Pharaoh – I Mean Biden

  1. Yes, if it be God’s will, we must cling to our citizenship in heaven. True, America has been ripe for judgment for decades. (“If God doesn’t judge America, He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.”) True, the Church seems to be refined in the fires of persecution, and maybe that’s what we need in America. Still, we are told to pray for those in authority over us, even to pray for our enemies. There’s little doubt that there have been many instances of corruption, and I am praying that those responsible will be caught and brought to justice in this life, because if they aren’t, they will face justice in ETERNITY, and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. I remember how Chuck Colson was convicted in the Watergate scandal and sent to prison, where he was saved and inspired to start Prison Fellowship, a ministry that has brought countless prisoners to Christ and ministered to their families, bringing them to salvation, too. How wonderful it would be if some of the most corrupt individuals in the voter fraud scandal were to come to Christ. With the internet, their testimonies could impact lives all over the world. This is why I’m praying the truth will come out – not to punish people, but to bring them to Christ and glorify Him … Does that make sense?

    • Well, I see your points. But when Paul calls believers to “pray for those in authority” it is “so we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness”. Most people are not broken over the lost state of politicians but over their party and platforms losing. As all who are not born again are destined for eternal judgment (not just those we deem ‘corrupt’), do we have a burden to pray for the salvation of every senator and representative?
      While our intents may be right, considering what God can do with celebrity status and technology is fleshly thinking and strategy. Biblically it seems that the Lord does the most through the meek and humble ‘unknowns’ of the world.
      Press on sister, thank you for your thoughtful comments.

  2. Oh Lisa Beth, bless you. “Moreover, if we are occupied with the thoughts, desires, and will of our own heart and things of this world, what true burdens are we neglecting of the Lord’s heart?” Thank you Lord for speaking to me. Always praying for you Lisa Beth.

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