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September 20 – The Vision Of Wicked Rulers

“Then Pharaoh’s servants said to him, ‘How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?'”  Exodus 10:7

Devotional Thought For The Day

The myopia and blindness that afflicts those “great” rulers who stubbornly oppose God, His will, His ways, and especially the good and welfare of His dear people of faith is somewhat remarkable.  It borders on insanity, and often, as in the case of Nebuchadnezzar, it ends up in a bout of real insanity [see Dan. 4]. It is also a very sad reality that the citizens and even the counselors of such arrogant and stubborn leaders also suffer grievously for the foolishness and insanity of these rulers.  Pharaoh’s counselors asked with incredulity, in the face of Pharaoh’s continued resistance toward God and His servant Moses, “Do you not understand that Egypt is ruined?”

Does the same myopia, denial, and insanity exist and express itself in modern day leaders?  It is certainly so.  Consider Saddam Hussein, or the rulers of North Korea, or the current ruler in Iran.  One could add Egypt’s former president, and Libya’s former ruler, and perhaps even the current ruler of Syria. While their countries were suffering great ruin they were convinced that all was well and that nothing could topple them.  But their evil deeds and their wickedness were ultimately repaid – and many of these rulers no longer encumber the face of the earth.

Is it possible that the same myopia, denial, and borderline insanity could afflict and plague leaders of modern first-world countries, like the European nations, Japan, China, or even the United States?  There is no reason to believe that leaders and rulers of such nations are somehow immune to these same dynamics – that in the face of overwhelming debt, massive unemployment, the dismal conditions of our cities, lost real productivity of real resources, declining net wealth, increased prison populations, huge numbers of illegal aliens, large-scale immigration of peoples who despise the culture of their welcoming nation and are willing to engage in violence against their host, massive problems with illegal and deadly drugs, leaders still look over their nations and conclude that these are but minor problems, that all is still well, that their nations are not “destroyed.”  Thus such leaders remain emboldened to continue policies that are inimical to God, His will, His ways, His love for people in Christ Jesus, and His will that all come to faith, knowledge of the truth, and eternal life – continuing their encouragement to immorality, greed, arrogance, the murder of unborn infants, and even homosexuality.

The blame is laid on Moses, the man identified as “a snare to us.” It is the same today – those who heed and promote the Word of God are vilified.  We are taught the foolishness of placing our trust in man, especially those who stubbornly rebel against God’s Word, and we now witness the wisdom of this instruction of God.  So today we have opportunity to grow in our own faith and trust in God – even as we have to endure with our fellow citizens the consequences of political leadership that pokes its finger in God’s face, legalizing, embracing, and encouraging all manner of misbelief and wickedness. It turned out well for God’s dear people of faith in Pharaoh’s day, in Nebuchadnezzar’s day, and in Herod’s day, and it will also in our day and time.  After all, “having food and clothing, we will be therewith content.” [1 Tim. 6:8]  Our principle hope and confidence is not for this life anyway, for this world is passing away and our own true citizenship is in heaven [1 Cor. 7:31; Phil. 3:20].  So we have opportunity, in whatever small ways, to continue living godly and decent lives in this world, and helping others around us in genuine compassion and love – until the Lord delivers us from this valley of sorrows.

Scripture Cited

1 Cor. 7:31  “For the present form of this world is passing away.”

Phil. 3:20  “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we too have been infected with the sins common to our time – pride, arrogance, greed, various immoralities, rebellion against Your Word, and putting our trust in princes and rulers.  Forgive us, and have mercy and compassion on us, as we too struggle under the consequences of this foolish rebellion against You. Keep us mindful of Your will for us, and Your promises to us, that we may continue in lives of repentance, faith, and respect for Your Word. Amen.