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Divine Perspectives “His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth, He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.” Isaiah 11:3-4 In this hour of increasing intensity, our decisions and reactions often have immediate and eternal ramifications. In Isaiah 55: 6 and 8, we are implored to “seek the Lord while He may be found, and call upon Him while He is near.” “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” As never before our need for the Lord’s discernment and perspective is crucial. We must take the Lord’s lead to diligently seek and wait on Him for understanding on how to proceed in our own situations and also how to properly intercede and assist others. How His thoughts and ways are so very much higher than ours (Is. 55:9).   Without hesitating, our natural tendency is to judge with the sight of our eyes, and decide with the hearing of our ears. With layers of personal opinion, experience, and cultural expectations, quick decisions result based on the moment and our self-imposed interpretation. Yet the Lord’s true judgment in every relationship, every circumstance and every need requires our tuning into voice of His Heart. He sees beyond the temporal, and He hears beneath the surface.   Today, the cry of our hearts, who know the Lord, is “Let Him make speed and hasten His work, that we may see it,; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it (Is. 5:19).” As Isaiah continues, the truth of our times is also profoundly revealed. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.” Our eyes must be on Him in order to see as He sees. Our ears must be tuned to Him, to hear what He hears. The double-edged sword, the very Word from His mouth, is being released to work in the midst of the earth, bringing righteous judgment; comfort to the righteous, condemnation to the wicked. In our hearing and seeing from the Lord’s perspective, we too must plead, Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to the Lord and He will have mercy on Him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Is. 55:7).”   He, who knows the past, the present, and the future longs to protect us and longs to use us to draw others into His protective care. In this hour, continue to seek the Lord for His perspective so that time is not lost, lives are not misjudged, and the work of the Kingdom ever advances in your sphere of influence. When our delight is in the fear of the Lord, we will see with His eyes, and hear with His ears, and judge with His righteousness.   May our prayer remain, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, I will glorify Your name forevermore (Ps. 86:11).”     In Him,   Pastor Sharon Carlson 11/11