Attributes of a Godly Person – Isaiah 11:2 Devotional

“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” (Isaiah 11:2, ESV).

Isaiah 11 speaks of Jesus and his coming, both the first and the second. When Jesus came the first time he was born into a family that descended from King David, whose father was Jesse, which is why the bible talks about the root of Jesse, it’s referring to Jesus. When Jesus came the first time it gave us a reference point, in other words, he was an example for us to look at in deciding how to live our life, or what decisions we need to make and how to make them.

The bible says in many places other than Isaiah 11 that Jesus had the Spirit of the LORD, wisdom, understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and the fear of the LORD, which would make a great bible study should you ever want to look some of those up. Many of which will be found in the Old Testament as a prophecy of Christ’s coming. It’s interesting how these things are coupled together in verse 2 of Isaiah 11. It’s obvious that Jesus had the Spirit of the LORD. As a human, Jesus needed God’s Spirit for guidance, comfort, counsel, instruction and many other things. As God, Jesus saw the bigger picture, which is something that is available to us if we allow the Lord access into our heart; letting him guide us and give us understanding as he sees fit.

There are three Spirits mentioned in Isaiah 11:2 and are named as such: 1) wisdom & understanding 2) counsel & might 3) knowledge & the fear of the LORD. Taking the time to go through each of these might be such a beautiful study, but it can also be overwhelming. God’s word is vast and deep; truly knowing his heart seems impossible. Striving to know him is, however, completely in our grasp. This is something we can always do on a moment-by-moment basis. In order to live a godly life and have a strong foundation it is important to seek to obtain each of these traits. Just as we seek God and to be like Jesus, we must also seek to have the things that would allow us to live in such a way that God would be glorified.

Further Scriptures for Study: Isaiah 11, Proverbs 8

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