Due to the conflicts that arise among men and their varying viewpoints of what is the best direction to go, governments face challenges. Sometimes those governments lack funding needed. Programs come and go; some being sustained while others cut. National debts grow and governments face temporary shutdowns or go bankrupt altogether. Governments even crumble and disappear. Because of this, the citizens of those governments are impacted. However, a lack of stability based merely upon the decisions of humanity should not surprise us. Solutions based merely upon the finite mind are not always the best. The imperfect cannot bring about perfection!

From where do we seek to find stability for life? Where do we turn with the expectation of truly finding wisdom for adequately addressing our greatest needs? If it is from among men, our focus is too low and our expectation will be disappointed. It is from above that we have hope that will not disappoint us. (Romans 5:5)

In Isaiah we read. . .

“(6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (7) OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND OF PEACE THERE WILL BE NO END, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV)

As was prophesied, Jesus came, HIS KINGDOM was established, (Luke 1:32-33; Revelation 11:15), and citizenship in it is still available. Regardless of what is going on throughout the world today, HIS KINGDOM is still open for business. While the decisions of mankind seem to continually increase the DEBT OF SIN, the price our Lord paid for our redemption through His blood on the cross is still adequate and available to satisfy that debt! As the Lord’s Sovereignty encompasses more hearts in this world, the expansion of HIS KINGDOM of grace continues with each moment within it making our life better and better. May we truly appreciate the citizenship that is ours in Heaven (Philippians 3:20-21) as we know it is in Christ we have “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3 ESV) Regardless of this world’s shutdowns, with the Lord our prayers will still be heard, forgiveness will still be granted, and blessings will still be delivered!


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