“But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you My power, so that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16)
Which person in the book of Exodus is the Lord speaking to in this verse? What is your gut response? If you guessed Moses then you are probably in the majority, but you also guessed wrong. It was spoken to Pharaoh.
On first glance and by itself, these words of the Lord seem to be a positive statement. When placed back into context we begin to see a larger picture. This declaration is in the midst of several chapters demonstrating the sovereignty of God and the free will of man working together to accomplish God’s spoken plan to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt by power and into to land of Canaan and be a people living unto Him. We find this context revealed when the Lord goes on to say,
“You are still exalting yourself against My people and will not let them go.” (Exodus 9:17)
Just because you have risen to a position of power and authority does not necessarily mean it is a positive thing for you or the people under your authority. If your heart is lifted up against God and against His people then it may just be that you too will be a fulfillment of the Lord’s speaking to Pharaoh in Exodus 9:16.
How much better it will be for you and those under you to have the attitude of the centurion in Matthew 8:9 who told the Lord, “I too am a man under authority, with men under me.” He recognized that his real authority came from those over him. Just as any real authority you have ultimately comes from God. Will you humble yourself, exalt Jesus, and exercise servant-leadership?