I don’t want to sound like a killjoy here, but I think we’ve about come to the end of good governance. The world seems to have been turned upside-down. In general, we are struggling with world leaders that we cannot trust. I don’t know about you, but I long for those who would govern for the good of all — not merely for those who hold the purse strings or are powerful.
Israel struggled with one king after another who ruled with rampant greed and abuses of power. They should have established justice and helped their people not to stray from the living God. Instead, they brought shame.
The prophet Isaiah told of a day when a Leader would come, bringing with Him justice, equity, and mercy. He is known as the Messiah, the One who will restore hope to the world.
Messiah will be empowered by God [Isaiah 11.2] with:
“wisdom and understanding” — the ability of applying knowledge, coupled with a keen sense of right from wrong;
“counsel and might” — wise and thoughtful deliberation, coupled with a fierce tenacity to withstand adversity;
“knowledge and fear of the Lord” — a stedfast awareness of truth, coupled with absolute submission to God.
It was seven hundred years before we knew whom Isaiah was referring to — Jesus. He was the long-awaited, yet rejected King. So, they had Him crucified. He arose and ascended to His Father, and now we are awaiting Him again, anxious for the world that Isaiah said this good Ruler would bring [11.6-9].
What a day that will be. The Day when everything will be made right!
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 of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth. Isaiah 11.2-4a