THEME: CHURCH AND POLITICS
“And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.” So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
-The other class of active participants are the political advisors. We find Joseph who was a slave in Egypt but had special abilities of interpreting dreams. He had accurately interpreted the chief baker and chief butlers dreams, and he now had a chance to interact with the king. Even though he had this special gift, he did not boast about it but credited God as the author of wisdom and peace in Pharaoh’s matters. When we review the journey of Joseph towards his purpose, we see similarities with that of David. Both having been shepherd boys and were sent by their respective fathers to deliver food to their brothers. We also see their special gifts presenting them in the presence of kings. Both were careful not to take any glory, but gave all the glory to God. Their hearts were after God’s heart, and they were lifted from one glory to the next. As political advisors, it is critical to acknowledge God as the source of all wisdom, and make Him known to the world. We are called to go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). We are also called to represent Christ, as the salt and light of the world.
Lord Almighty Father we thank You and bless Your name. We praise You and give You all the glory and praise. We thank You for You have never left us orphaned but have given us the Holy Spirit. We thank You for protecting us, providing for us, healing our diseases, sustaining us, preserving us, guiding our steps and for Your precious gift of salvation. We thank You for the rains, may You make us productive in the land. May You bless the work of our hands and make us fruitful. May You increase in us the ability to make wealth for the glory of Your name. May You bless and protect our school going children, and prosper them in their studies. We thank You for the many gifts and talents that You have given us, may You expose them to us and to many, for the glory and honor of Your name. May our gifts and talents bring us before kings, and Your name will continually be glorified. We did not choose You Jesus but You chose us. Thank You for loving us first. Thank You for making us the salt and the light of the earth, may Your light radiate through us so that Your gospel may reach the world. May You make us Your instruments of peace for the glory of Your name. May Your purposes in our lives come to completion at the appointed time for the glory and honor of Your name. Amen
Further reading: Proverbs 18:16, Matthew 5:13-16
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