October 20: A Hope That Does Not Disappoint (Isa 11:1-10)
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
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.
And 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,
but 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.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. (ESV)
Despair comes from repeated disappointment. As we observe the continual bickering and broken promises of Washington, the growing threat of terror, the increasing incivility of culture, the ongoing disappointment of even the closest people in our lives we are often left in despair. Isaiah offers us hope that will not disappoint. He promises us a coming King whose rule is without fail; it is full of divine wisdom and perfect justice that will bring a peace that extends to the nations, without prejudice and without limits. He calls us to find hope today in the assured promise for tomorrow. This hope, he promises, will not disappoint.
Review and Apply
- What encouragement do you take in the humble beginnings of Jesus' life?
- How does the Spirit make Jesus a fit king to rule?
- How does the perfect justice of Jesus' rule strengthen us through the injustices of our day?
- Speak to the peace of vv. 6-9 in the midst of our family, communities and governments?
- How can Jesus as a signal to the nations encourage greater involvement in missions in your life this year?
- What efforts specifically do you exercise to keep Jesus and his reign in view as you walk through life?