Week beginning: 17th May, 2015
By Caroline Eade | Cambridge
"But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."Exodus 9:16 (NIV 2011)
As an Israelite living under Pharaoh's rule it must have been hard to believe that God was in control. Oppressed by slave labour, forced to produce the same output with fewer resources, and now facing some horrific "natural" disasters - how many of them, I wonder, believed that even the mighty Pharaoh was in God's hand?
I doubt any of us are facing circumstances quite as difficult as that of the Israelites in Egypt. But for many of us, it can be difficult to believe that God has appointed those who are in authority over us, precisely in order to achieve his purposes and display his glory. We may face overwhelming demands, or unreasonable behaviour - and even with the best of bosses, simply a pressure to succeed on their terms.
Let's remember that no-one is out of God's scope, that whoever is senior to you is there at his command, and that he is at work to demonstrate his power - perhaps even through your faithful witness and patient trust. And let's remember too that we owe those above us honour, but not ultimate allegiance; we live as free people, not as slaves, as we await our coming King.
1. Pray for those who are more senior to you, and for those who are ultimately responsible for your workplace - that they would not harden their hearts, as Pharaoh did, and would come to acknowledge the God to whom they are accountable.
2. Pray for faithfulness for us all in LCF - that we would remember God's sovereignty and goodness, even when working life is difficult, and would be eager to testify about him to others, whatever their position in our workplace.
3. Pray for those who are oppressed by unjust authorities, particularly around the world, that they would put their trust in the one who will one day deliver us from all evil.