May 6th 2010

A Just Government For All The People

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV) 

I have never received a telephone call or a knock at the door from someone canvassing for my vote. The other day, however, a friend of ours got a call from the office of a prospective MP for his area. 

“Can we be sure of your vote?” the voice asked.  Ignoring his negative reply, the voice continued, “Are there any issues that concern you?”  “Yes. Care for the elderly.” Our friend has a great deal of knowledge and experience on care and caring.  After listening to a little input on the subject, the voice said, “The candidate is in the office and he would like to talk to you.” He found himself discussing the matter directly with the prospective parliamentary representative. After a couple of minutes, however, the candidate said he had another call and put the phone down.  “Two minutes. And I won’t hear from him again for the next 5 years. All he really wanted was my vote,” said our friend, reflecting on the motivations behind the brief conversation. 

My ways are not your ways, says God, and you can say ‘Amen’ to that!  God calls us, but not two minutes in five years. He has endless time for all of us and for all of our concerns. His manifesto is simply summed up in John 3:16, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” 

Jesus gave everything he had—his very life—for us all, when we were in opposition to him.  Through his life’s work and death on our behalf we are reconciled to God. Now, for eternity, he is our representative before the Father. He can neither be bribed by wealthy donations, nor lobbied or bought by select groups—he has all our interests at heart. (There’s not a duck house in sight!) 

He does knock on our doors, but he is not looking for a pencilled tick on a piece paper—he wants nothing except to give to us. He comes in for a life-long relationship of love with each of us. 

His government is not one we can vote in or out. It is established forever and cannot be brought down. “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to make it secure and sustain it in fair judgement and integrity.”  (Isaiah 9:7 NJVB) 

Prayer

Let us thank God that through Jesus he has rescued us from our darkness and placed us in the kingdom of his dear Son, and that one day, all the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. 

Amen

Study by Hilary Buck 

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