“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord,” Isaaiah 11:2-3a.
Does the Spirit of the Lord rest upon you? Imagine if this was our one aim each and every day, all throughout the day: that we would have the Spirit of the Lord resting upon us. How would our lives be different?
If we had the Spirit of the Lord within us and upon us, we would possess great wisdom and understanding, we would have a spirit of counsel and strength, and we would realize that we must fear the Lord.
But what does that mean? If we turn to Proverbs 8:13, we find that “fear of the Lord” means “hatred of evil.” It does not mean to be afraid of our loving God, but to realize that He hates evil in all of its forms. He invites us to realize this and to turn away from what is evil and turn to Him.
And yet, we know how appealing and enticing it is to do the wrong thing, for it does not come cloaked in evil trappings, but rather lovely, alluring, inviting displays that hide the truth of what it is from us, so that we will accept it. And after we have done so, it snatches us up, and we are no longer free. God hates this and wants us to hate it, too. He wants us to turn to Him and remain with Him, for when we do, we will find favor with Him.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.