His Shoulder

Sometimes, in the chaos of the world, you just want to be reassured that this amazing all-powerful God who has rescued you from darkness and in whom you have put all of your trust “gets” this crazy world He has submitted you to.  You need to know that He sees what is going on and hasn’t turned a deaf ear to it nor a blind eye because of something you should be doing, or shouldn’t have done, or something someone else should be doing, or shouldn’t have done.  You need to just know that God really is aware and has a plan to deal with all of this bad behavior taking place and all of these idiot leaders are there by some sort of design.  And, if you are like me, sometimes you just need Him to really get in your face and remind you of some stuff…to declare His Sovereignty at injustice and His Peace in the face of chaos and His Mercy in the face of mess.  This morning He did that for me and I hope for you as you read and pray with me…

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”  Matthew 23:1-4

Jesus “gets” government.  Jesus “gets” burdens.  Jesus “gets” idiots.  <Breathe in, breathe out.>

In fact, He reminded me, He more than “gets” all of these things; He sent a remedy for them.  “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”  Is. 9:6-7

The government will be upon His shoulder.  His zeal will perform this, not mine.  What a burden we bear when we allow men to tie up heavy loads and put  them on our shoulders…thank you God that we don’t have to settle for that as our life.  The same God who assures us He sees our mess has also sent His Messiah, our great deliverer!!  His Anointed One; who destroys the yoke!!  He is our Counselor, He is our Peace, He is our Father and He purposed to send His Son, knowing that His shoulder could take the weight of every government ever established by man for every civilization for all of time.

Have you allowed Him to?  Have you given Him permission to be the bearer of your burdens?  You know, by faith, we have to give them to Him, and then keep giving them to Him and keep giving them to Him and keep giving them to Him until the whole scene changes for us.  And with taking our burdens, He also gives us something, a promise…”of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”   There is no end to Jesus!  There is no end to our advocate and great High Priest.  There is no end to our deliverer, Messiah, Savior of the World, Lord!

Father, in the name of Jesus, we declare that you are Sovereign over our nation and over our world.  We stand believing that you have an understanding that far surpasses ours and that every remedy for our nature and world is ever-present in Jesus.  We know that your Anointed One destroys every yoke and that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.  Thank you that though we are in this world we are not of it.  Thank you that Your government and authority far surpasses every institution of man.  Thank you that the increase of your government and peace there will be NO end.  You are our Father, our Teacher, our Savior, our Lord.  We lay our burdens down.  We lay them down.  We lift up our leaders today and ask you to turn their hearts to you.  We lift up the massive amounts of injustice towards people and declare your deliverance and freedom to them.  We lift up our world and declare your saving grace.   Be exalted above this world.  Be exalted above our mess.  Be exalted, O God, today and forever, in Jesus.

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