I was flipping through my journal this morning and ran across this scripture that I wrote down about Jacob blessing Pharaoh. I thought that was so interesting. And in honor of President’s Day, I thought I’d post it today. I love our great nation, even with all its flaws. I’m so thankful to live in the land of the free and home of the brave, and I’m thankful for all the leaders who have gone before us and sacrificed so much to bring us to where we are as a nation……Genesis 47:7 says….
I was flipping through my journal this morning and ran across this scripture that I wrote down about Jacob blessing Pharaoh. I thought that was so interesting. And in honor of President’s Day, I thought I’d post it today.
I love our great nation, even with all its flaws. I’m so thankful to live in the land of the free and home of the brave, and I’m thankful for all the leaders who have gone before us and sacrificed so much to bring us to where we are as a nation……
Then Joseph brought in his father, Jacob, and presented him to Pharaoh. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh. “How old are you?” Pharaoh asked him. Jacob replied, “I have traveled this earth for 130 hard years. But my life has been short compared to the lives of my ancestors.” 10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh again before leaving his court. (Genesis 47:7-9)
I found this fascinating because in invoking a blessing, it is usually the greater one that blesses the lesser one. In the natural here, Pharaoh is the one with power and position, yet we see Jacob is the one giving the blessing.
Speaking a blessing was a big deal in the Old Testament. When Jacob tricked Isaac into giving him the blessing and Esau comes in to find that Isaac already had given the blessing to Jacob, he was so distressed. He pleaded with his dad three times, “Don’t you have any blessing left for me?”
To them, the blessing was a tangible thing the father passed down to the son. It was a tangible thing, and a person did not just speak the blessing lightly. Speaking the blessing released something to the one who was blessed – it released life and power and abundance and prosperity.
I read that Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And then I asked myself, “Am I blessing my government, or am I waiting for my government to bless me?”
In our nation, the mentality is just a bit off from this. So many in our country just wait and wait for the government to bless them. We wring our hands in worry just watching the news and waiting for the government to bless us or change. Or we throw up our hands in frustration over what’s happening and just about give up on the whole thing! What can we do?
My Bible doesn’t tell me I have to wait for the government to bless me. My Bible tells me that I’m to bless my government. That word bless means: To do or give something of value to another. I am to give my government something….and I mean something besides all those taxes I pay! I have something of value to give to my leaders in my prayer and blessing…..
In the natural, our government officials are the ones who determine our laws and the direction our country goes. The last time I checked though, the Bible said that they have no power that was not given to them by God. The Bible says that I serve the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. My Bible said that My God tears down rulers and raises up others.
When we stop just waiting for our government to change and start supplying our government with wisdom and power from heaven through prayer, we will be blessing our government. And if we don’t….we by default just hand it over to be powerless and without God.
I’ve heard people say that we they are just trying to remove God from everything in our nation…the government, schools, even the money. But they can’t keep me from praying. God goes into my kids’ schools everyday because I pray. He goes into the government buildings every day because I pray. The only way to remove God from our nation is if the Christians stop praying.
So let’s do it. Let’s commit to bless our leaders and our government and not just complain or worry or get frustrated. Let’s release some power and wisdom and life from heaven into our leaders. Let’s see what God can do when we pray for our leaders every day. He doesn’t need a perfect situation to be able to move….He just needs prayer to respond to. Let’s give it to Him!
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. (I Timothy 2:1-4)