On His Shoulders

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.

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  1. Our ‘human systems’ of politics has become one of division and judgement. One is expected to take one side or the other and the Body of Christ is at risk when those beliefs become your number one priority. Thank you for reminding us that Christ’s message of love and inclusion should always be our one and only concern.

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  2. Good perspective on government and one that we need to be reminded of on a regular basis.

    I would disagree that it’s a no-win situation, however. For the many who argue back and forth over one issue or another, there are some who listen to such arguments and form opinions from them. Many even change their minds when sound arguments are used. In other words, the “no-win” situation is in the eye of the beholder or, in this case, the ear of the beholder. 🙂

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  3. I did not mean to seem so absolute in my observations David. You are absolutely correct that there are some in government who form their opinions afer weighing all the information available to them. Unfortunately, there is a much larger majority who operate based on party rather than parity. I believe that for this majority, self-interest is the underlying current that ultimately leads them to most of the actions they take. What does God’s Word say about self-interest? In Matthew Jesus tells his disciples “If anyone would come after me, he MUST DENY HIMSELF and take up his cross and follow me”. I do not believe that actions taken based on self-interest can ever lead to God’s blessings in their fullest. Less me and more Thee could change the entire world.

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