Isaiah 11:3 “And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord:
and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,
neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.”
When you have been brought up in a home where there has been more criticism than encouragement. It makes you feel inadequate and if you are a fighter you will always strive for higher levels of accomplishments. These criticisms can most times make you feel judged and condemned. As time goes on you notice consciously an unconsciously that you give back the same treatment that was shown to you. You judge others recklessly, jump to conclusions, make statements that are condemning.
However, when we look at Isaiah’s prophecy over Jesus and even study the life of Jesus we see that because of His quick understand -ing of the fear of the Lord HE DID NOT JUDGE BASED ON WHAT HE SAW; NOR BY WHAT HE HEARD. His secret to this discipline was because HE FEARED THE LORD. What I drew from that is, Jesus was not willing to make a judgement that did not align with the Father’s heart. Instead He wanted to discern the heart of the Father and come into agreement with HIS thinking or mindset. A classic example of WALKING in ONENESS. This too needs to be our heart.
You see, what we see and hear in the natural is most times a farce, or does not tell the whole story. It is a clue sometimes but deceptive at best. We can see many examples in scripture where judgements were made based on physical appearances and how it caused wrong conclusions.
1 Samuel 16:7 Judging David based on appearance his youth, and the job he did could have prevented David to be the King he was.
1 Samuel 1:13 We see Hannah praying her lips moving but there was no sound and Eli assumed she was drunk….
You see, there is real danger in judging through fleshly means whether it be based on the colour of someone’s skin, educational background, attire, how they speak, success, failure, what you read in the news or heard, age etc.
We must be led by the Spirit of GOD this is one of the hall marks of the sons of GOD. Jesus disappeared many a times to be with the Father and to seek the Father’s heart. I believe this was because He wanted to ensure that He was a true representative of HIS Father. It is a privilege to wait on the LORD. He wants to and will always show you His heart in every matter. He only wants us to seek it out. The bible puts it this way, “it is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Let’s be kings and seek out the Father’s heart. Let us not be conformed to the patterns of this world. Any mere man can react in rage, in criticism, in condemnation, be cynical, but it takes spiritual men filled with the spirit of God to respond with the heart of the Father. Do not be deceived, sometimes that means turning over chairs and chasing some people out of the temple…. rebuking the demon….reminding people of who God say they are, means crying with someone….. prayer…..silence….Only PAPA knows the solution so flowing with Him is key.
To flow with the flesh is DESTRUCTIVE and will only lead to ABORTING the purposes of GOD for your life and for others!!! Yes for others too….we are all connected so by your own fleshly judgement you can prevent others from fulfilling or delaying the purposes of God in their lives. NO man is an island.
2Cor 5:16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
Let us hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying. The right perspective of God,will give us right perspective of self and others.
Father God, forgive us for being fleshly in our judgements. Forgive us for setting up barriers of religion, race, in our hearts towards people where we see US and THEM rather than US. Lord help us like Jesus to seek out your heart in all things, so we can be a true representative of you.Lord we know we cannot influence what we have failed to love. Lord, your heart is so beautiful give us eyes to see your heart and ears to hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying. Daddy send the fear of the Lord to caution us as we decide, and make choices. Thank you that because we have the mind of Christ not only do we know your perspective but that you will give us the right heart to obey your mindsets. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN!