The Ultimate Study Guide
Posted: Wednesday, September 12
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Verse of the Day:
And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay. He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. (Isaiah 11:2-5)
There was a recurring theme that I remember from my high school math classes, and perhaps you can relate. I would be sitting in class, mostly paying attention to the teacher’s lecture, and solving the example problems she would put on the board. Everything would make sense, and I would feel like I really understood the material, because I knew how to solve the example problems she gave. Then, when it was quiz or test time, the simple examples we had been doing in class suddenly turned into rocket science equations way more difficult than what I was used to doing. I would always wonder why the examples we were given didn’t more closely line up to what we were expected to do.
Isaiah is giving a prophecy here of Jesus’ coming, and lays out the characteristics of what Jesus would be like. As I was reading this passage, the thought hit me of what a perfect example this is for us. So often we try to figure out how to better ourselves, or what the right thing to do is, and right here we have the ultimate example for us to follow. Isaiah talks about the Spirit of wisdom, the fear of the Lord, righteousness, and truth as some of the most important qualities that Jesus will live out.
We’re never going to get the perfect score here on earth, but this is the answer key to the test. This is the ultimate study guide to life. We can try to figure out the answers on our own to how we should live, or we can follow the perfect example of Jesus. I have begun to pray this passage over my life that God will continue to shape me into each one of these characteristics. God wants us to succeed, and I love that he has set us up with the best possible example there is!