Prayerfully Speaking

Hope from the Truths of God's Word

Someone to Run the World

Sharing encouragement with you from a familiar passage.  I received this in an email today and wanted to share it with you.
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Last week I ran smack into a familiar Bible passage rendered in unfamiliar language:

“For a child has been born—for us!
the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over the running of the world.
His names will be:
Amazing Counselor,
Strong God,
Eternal Father,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.”
—Isaiah 9:6-7, The Message

I stared at that quote for a while, halted by the promise: “He’ll take over the running of the world.”

What a relief!

If it’s Jesus’ job to run the world, then I don’t have to. True, I’ve never been asked to run the world. But that hasn’t stopped me from occasionally slapping on a crown, waving around a scepter, and trying to force my corner of the world into perfect running order.

I usually fail; “perfect running order” just isn’t compatible with life in this messed-up world. I can sometimes achieve surface perfection, but Jesus—the Prince of Wholeness—is the only one who can bring actual restoration. So in the past few days I’ve stopped and taken a step back when I’ve found myself feeling frustrated by a situation or panicked by a to-do list. In that pause, I usually recognize I am trying to run some part of the world according to my decrees. This passage has been reminding me to ’fess up and turn the reins over to the true Ruler.

What an encouragement it’s been! Not only am I off the hook for running the world, but Jesus’ rule is inevitably kinder and wiser than mine could ever be. What a gift!

Connie Williams
Editor, Discipleship Journal

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.