Every year something new emerges as I hear the Christmas story… something that hits me as fresh as if I’d never heard it before. This year, a year of tremendous economic upheaval and political disagreement on what to do about it, one powerful phrase in Isaiah 9 brought me to a new place of clarity and hope about the state of our world. But first, you need to know that I am not AT ALL fond of arguing politics. You will never, ever see me post a blog pertaining to politics or government here because it’s a no-win, frustrating cycle we draw ourselves into when we try to create human systems in attempt to solve centuries-old, spiritual problems. That’s exactly why this verse brings me a fresh, hopeful look at Who’s really calling the shots.
“…and the government will be on his shoulders…” – Isaiah 9:6
I imagine him as a shepherd, leading all of us not-so-smart sheep. And then he sees the government sheep. He notices they are under tremendous pressure and possibly prone to wander. So he perches the government sheep over his shoulders for safe keeping. We can’t trust systems and imperfect leaders with any certainty. But we can trust the One on whose shoulders our future rests. We can involve ourselves politically and remain informed (and we should) but in truth our future belongs to a knowing, loving Shepherd who not only loves truth… He IS the TRUTH… unswayed by votes or public opinion.
Prince of Peace… guide us.