It’s Advent, friends!! What a joyous time of the year!! There is nothing more exciting than preparing for the coming of our Savior. Welcoming a new-born babe in a manger, seemingly so small and ordinary, who will grow to become the Savior of the entire world!
During the month of December, I will be celebrating the coming and the birth of our Lord.
Today I am looking at Isaiah 11:1-10:
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
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 the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.
I remember wanting more than anything to be like my parents. I would try to sit like my mom. I would try to speak like my dad. They were my whole world and there was nothing I wanted more in this life than to emulate them.
As I grew up I discovered that I, too, had little “mini me”s who were wanting to imitate my every move. That is a very humbling experience… and it made me want to be the best “me” I could be.
Now imagine having the spirit of your Heavenly Father rest on you. Not just emulating and imitating the spirit of God, but living it. Being it. Our Savior held (and still holds) all the amazing characteristics of the Father and displayed them for all to see and imitate: Godly wisdom, heavenly counsel, power and might, and knowledge of God and His Word. Now that is someone to immolate! Oh how I want to be more like Jesus!!
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