To us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. (Isaiah 9:6)
By nature, we all want to be in control of our lives. It started back in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose to seize control after listening to the devil’s deceitful promise of a better life. They grabbed hold of the reigns of their lives and ran right into a ditch of death.
This natural, sinful tendency is something we must battle against all the days of our lives, and the way we achieve victory is to remember the security of our Savior’s shoulder. Not only is the government upon the shoulders of our Most High King, but so too are you and I.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.” (Luke 15:4-6)
The shoulders of our King are a place of profound security. The King is ultimately responsible for the well-being of His subjects, and that includes you and me. We need not worry. We need not fret. We need not attempt to take control of the reigns of our lives, because when we are upon His shoulders we are in the place of supernatural security.
We must keep in view that our God will tolerate no rival. Either He is in control of our lives or we are in control. He will not force us to follow His plan and purpose for our lives. We must choose each day whom we will serve . . . either the self or our Savior. And make no mistake, only when we are perched upon His shoulders will we arrive at that place where we will be met in our deepest place of need.
If the government is upon His shoulders (and it is), and we too are upon His shoulders (and we are), whether we understand what He is up to or not, we simply must remain where He has placed us. We need not wonder or worry about His will in our lives. We simply bear witness to the truth that we have been lifted to a place of supernatural security and cosmic comfort.
One final point to remember: Those same shoulders that lifted you up out of the grave and gave you new life are the same shoulders that were beaten, whipped, and pressed against the raw bark of the cross. Those same shoulders that were able to bear the eternal judgment and wrath of God are the same shoulders that bear you up under every challenge this life throws your way. You are safe and you are secure because you have been placed upon His shoulders.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!