When Jacob’s family came to Egypt, they were in an advantageous position. Joseph (son/brother/uncle to the clan) was in a place of power. They enjoyed protection and favor. 200 years later, the situation rapidly changed. With the rise of a new dynasty in Egypt, the Israelites fell from favor. American Christians may feel a similar shift in play. A few years ago, our faith was appreciated/protected, even by those who disagreed. Today the winds of suspicion and criticism have blown in with chilling effect. But God is not hindered. Despite Egyptian opposition, He patiently and powerfully accomplishes His purposes. Protects His people, plans the way forward, asks for their trust. “Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season.”–2 Timothy 4:2. Times change. God doesn’t. When it is popular, and when it isn’t, He calls us to trust and obey Him.