From the vantage point of my computer screen and television I have been witnessing a nation in the midst of turbulent change. The nation of Egypt is marching toward a day of destiny. As rioters control the streets, and people arm themselves with any weapon available to protect their families and home, the world watches and prays.
For thirty years Hosni Mubarak has controlled the nation of Egypt as a somewhat benevolent dictator but the generation of young adults who grew up under his thumb have risen up to say “enough is enough.” As more and more of these young Egyptians connect with the outside world through the advances of education and the world wide web, it is vividly clear they are not willing to remain silent nor in bondage.
As a Bible student my mind races back to the dramatic events surrounding the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. For centuries Egypt has been from time the time the center of civil unrest and turmoil.
In the new “flat world” we live in–Egypt’s struggles will in time touch all of our lives. As Americans the option of hiding behind our “stained glass” seas is not an option. We cannot become like a dying church huddled together in a huge cathedral hiding from the world behind “stained glass” windows that tend to color our reality. No as world citizens we must embrace the realities of our day.
As a follower of Jesus, I seek to bring to this crisis a Kingdom of God perspective. I dare not believe God is somehow absence nor powerless in the face of these changes. Egypt has time and time again been a place where the hand of God was clearly at work from the time of Joseph ascent to power to Mose’s escape from the Nile to Jesus’ escape there for safety. In the midst of the apparent chaos, we would be wise to look for the finger prints of the God of history–writing His Story.
Many years ago Isaiah wrote these poignant words:
12 Woe to the many nations that rage—
they rage like the raging sea!
Woe to the peoples who roar—
they roar like the roaring of great waters!
13 Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters,
when he rebukes them they flee far away,
driven before the wind like chaff on the hills,
like tumbleweed before a gale.
14 In the evening, sudden terror!
Before the morning, they are gone!
This is the portion of those who loot us,
the lot of those who plunder us. (Isaiah 17:12-14 NIV)
As we watch the nations of the world rage may we never forget we worship and serve the God who makes and destroys nations according to His sovereign plan. Pray with Jesus–“thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”