Advent Devotions from Good Shepherd (Isaiah 11:1-3)

sunflower(Devotion from Corinne Baker)

ISAIAH 11 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

2 And 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 the fear of the LORD.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear, *

Some broad themes:
Patience is required.
God can make the unexpected happen.
God’s way can be surprising.
God works through people.

These thoughts led me to consider the two ends the spectrum, from ‘let go and let God’ to hyper-control, and the intersections in between.

What can happen if we’re patient but persistent in seeking the spirit of God? If we keep our eyes open and stretch our minds but seek God’s wisdom? If we approach potential confrontation with honestly but leave judgement to God? If we commit to keep trying or to try something new but open ourselves to God’s direction? If we focus our God-given power – our talents, knowledge, stamina and aspirations – for collective benefit, thereby reaping the blessings God intends for each of his children? If we see God in the sunrise or the sunflower, in the tide or the drip from a stalactite, in the dam of a beaver or the pattern of a spider web – and factor that into our use of creation?

Advent is waiting and anticipating – what can happen?

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