1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2And 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.
3And 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,
4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. – Isaiah 11:1-5
When Jesus walked the earth conducting His ministry, He made repeated statements about the fact that He wasn’t working alone or doing things “His way,” but rather He was relying on His Father’s will and instruction. This passage from Isaiah shows us that this is the way it was supposed to be done. Jesus didn’t make His judgments or conduct His life day-to-day based on simply what He saw, He used the wisdom of God from His Spirit to look beyond the surface.
We have a similar task in our lives. If we get consumed with what we think is real, based on what we see and hear around us, without filtering it through the wisdom of God we are likely to stumble and lose our way more often than we would otherwise. Paul put it this way, “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”(2 Corinthians 5:7) This means trusting God’s wisdom and ways as He reveals them to us in His Word and elsewhere, more than what we see on the surface.