A Lasting Government

Our media-rich culture devotes a great deal of time to politics.  The election of our president consumes a great deal of airtime, well over a year in advance of the actual election.  And a large number of people place their “hope” in our government – looking to our leaders and policies as a way to find happiness and moral support.

Yet, it is interesting to note how quickly governments will rise and fall.  Our current president inspired a level of hope for at least half of the nation less than three years ago.  But now, even some of the most doting media are hinting at a “failed presidency”.  How can things take such a turn in so short a time?  Perhaps it is because, deep down, the hope is misplaced.  Isaiah gives us a hint of a different king in chapter 9.

“Of the increase of his government and peace
   there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
   and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
   with justice and righteousness
   from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
   will accomplish this.”   — Isaiah 9:7

This passage refers specifically to the coming of Jesus Christ.  I’ve always found it interesting how this passage refers to “his government”.  While Jesus will not be establishing a rule here on earth, this verse refers to the eternal reign He will preside over in heaven.  And unlike the governments of the earth, this one will be eternally good, eternally peaceful and…eternally long.


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