I have learned some valuable lessons from the government shutdown. First of all I have learned that a government shutdown does not mean that it actually shuts down. Second, I have learned that it doesn’t mean we are going to spend less money. Third, I have learned that it is great to live in a country where we can have radical disagreements and the military is not used to force the issue, nor is a civil war seen as the answer. And last, I have learned that relying on the government to be the answer for our world is folly.
I believe that final lesson is what Isaiah was taught in Isaiah chapter 6. Isaiah writes, “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” It is difficult for us in America to fathom what it would have been like politically for a king to die. Not only was the succession of a new king problematic, Uzziah had been a good king who was loved by the people. This event brought insecurity to the whole kingdom. It was felt in every home. It made the country vulnerable to the attacks of outside interests. The Kingdom was at stake. In the midst of this turmoil Isaiah has this vision. Though the earthly security seemed to be shaken, God was still sitting on his throne.
No matter what you are going through in this world you can stand confident knowing that God is still on his throne. When you are fighting a sickness or deadly disease, God is still on his throne. When your children are in the middle of rebellion, God is still on his throne. When your finances seems to be in an impossible circumstance, God is still on his throne. When your marriage appears to be falling apart, God is still on his throne. When a loved one is approaching death, God is still on his throne. And when your government decides to have a “pretend” shutdown, God is still on his throne.