Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Isaiah 11:2-3a NIV 2011

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—

  the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

  the Spirit of counsel and of might,

  the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord—

and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah wrote of Judah and Jerusalem’s future judgment all while offering them hope of God’s future restoration. Isaiah painted a picture of The Messiah who will come from the line of David. Isaiah 11:1, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse.”  The Holy Spirit will rest and remain with Him like He did with David by giving wisdom to finish His purpose and the power to complete the task before Him. John 8:29, “The one who sent me is with me, he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” The reign of Christ is rooted in His perfect character.

Spending time on the farm with my grandmother sent me in the direction of “practice makes perfect.” Whether I didn’t get the hospital corners on the beds perfect or I was unable to sprinkle the fresh pillow cases the perfect way, I learned to strive for perfection in all things. What I learned as I grew older, none of us will ever be perfect. Christ is perfectly able to save us all when we follow Him because His character is perfect.

How do we waste our time daily striving for perfection?

Saved perfectly by Christ,

S

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