Isaiah 11:1-5

The Bible is full of stories about God making a way for right relationships. From as early as Genesis 3, we see our human tendency to turn from God, only to have God invite us to return. Thank God. That’s what I immediately think when I read today’s verses. Thank God for being the one to come and lead and set things right. I read today’s passage through the lens of Jesus, but Isaiah doesn’t know who specifically is coming to make a way for reconciliation.

We find ourselves in a situation similar to the prophet’s: we are waiting for the time when God will set all things right again. We proclaim that Christ will return, though we don’t know exactly when or how. 

What we do know is that in such a time there will be no more injustice or suffering. People and the rest of creation will live in peace with one another as we enjoy God’s goodness forever. God began this work in the beginning, and God’s Spirit actively continues it within us and around us.

The Spirit in these verses captures my attention. The Spirit is full of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and might, of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. This Spirit will guide the shoot from the stump of Jesse. Instead of judging with his eyes or ears, he will judge with righteousness for the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.

We live with the promise that God has begun a good work and will finish it, but we are a part of the in-between. In light of this, how can we follow the guiding of the Spirit of the Lord and work for justice and equity right now?


How do you discern the movement of the Spirit? Where are some places you feel called to follow Jesus?


God, thank you for continually making, renewing, and restoring a way for us to know you. Amen.

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