Monday, October 23, 2006

A reminder of a righteous ruler

Are you frustrated today with the injustice you see in your country? Does the bribery and corruption at the highest levels make you despair? Do you wish just once that you could accomplish an administrative task without facing the hurdles put up by those who want to profit from your wish to do good?

Take heart and remember that Jesus Christ - the Messiah, the Branch - is the righteous ruler. Where He rules in hearts and minds we experience a measure of His righteous rule now, and He promises a day when His righteous rule will encompass the earth... a day when the earth will be full of the knowledge of God!

As you labor for that day in your country, and as we labor with you in prayer, let us trust the One who set the plan into motion before the earth began. The corruption you see is only temporary ... but He will reign forever!

Isa. 11:1-9 (ESV)
11:1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,the Spirit of counsel and might,the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.He shall not judge by what his eyes see,or decide disputes by what his ears hear,4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;and a little child shall lead them.7 The cow and the bear shall graze;their young shall lie down together;and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain;for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

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