Isaiah 11:3-4 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.
This description of the Messiah is in perfect agreement with several other comments about God in the Bible, notably 1 Samuel 16:7. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” By nature we are limited to what our five senses tell us, but God has no such limitation. On top of that, our reasoning and deductions are definitely low-level, and God’s are not. (Isaiah 55:9) And that doesn’t even bring into the picture the fact that God, being outside of time, sees the end from the beginning and knows the potential consequence of every word and action. All of that is to say that it is far wiser to listen carefully to God than it is to try to figure everything out ourselves. That’s not to say we aren’t to use the minds God has given us, but it is a reminder that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) Seeking God and listening to Him, fearing Him more than we fear our enemies, our circumstances, or even our own weaknesses, is always the first and best course.
This is an extremely timely Word. We have a church board meeting this afternoon to come to a formal decision about the purchase of property next to the church building. The devil has been attacking every individual involved, trying to distract us from what God would have us do. I am not to trust my senses or my intellect, but let the Holy Spirit be in complete control of my thoughts, words, and actions. I am to trust that God’s plans for us are indeed good, and allow Him to pour faith into each of us. I am to trust Him to heal strained relationships and draw us all closer to Him, allowing Christ to build His Church for His glory.
Father, thank You for being God. Thank You also for my brother pastor who was so encouraging to me yesterday. You indeed lifted me out of the pit of despair through Him. Thank You. Thank You also for fixing the intractable computer problem Cathy had, and for the faith lesson involved in that. Help us indeed receive all the lessons You give us, to grow as You intend into the full likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!