GPS: December 26, 2015

By December 26, 2015Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.  On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Food For Thought:

The line that stands out to me is “He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear.” One of my biggest faults is that I judge situations without the full facts. So I like this line of Scripture because it reminds me to step back and not go with my snap judgments―to take time and really get to know what’s going on before I make a judgment about that certain situation. Think about a situation in your life where you were quick to judge. How could you respond differently the next time a situation like that one arises?



you spoke and your Word became flesh,

breathing a new song of joy and praise

into the world.

Grant that we may bear the good news of your salvation,

proclaiming your promise of peace

to the ends of the earth. Amen.

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