Daily Devotion, 12/19/2018, “Seven?”
Revelation 1:4-5a NLT
This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spiritbefore his throne; and from Jesus Christ.
Today my precious Sharon and I will be celebrating 31 years of marriage. One of the treasures of living in love with Sha for more than three decades is that I’ve been able to discover many of the facets of who she is. I look forward to discovering even more in the next 31! I mention that this morning because I truly do love Sharon and doing life with her but also because there are many facets of God to be discovered. It may make your head hurt to think about for too long but we serve one God who is three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is a mystery in many ways but I think part of what God is trying to express in presenting Himself to us this way is that He is, at the core, relational. The three persons of the Trinity exist in perfect unity and fellowship. Part of the beauty of the Gospel is that we have been invited into that fellowship and unity. As Jesus prayed in John 17, we can be one with them just as they are one with one another. Relationship with God is now possible. If the thought of “God in three persons” didn’t challenge your thinking enough, maybe the thought of “the “sevenfold Spirit” will.
What John is referring to here is the sevenfold Spirit mentioned in Isaiah 11:2 which says, “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.” When we do our Beth Shalom ministry sessions, we always pray, “Spirit of the Lord come, Spirit of wisdom come, Spirit of understanding come, Spirit of counsel come, Spirit of might come, Spirit of knowledge come and Spirit of the fear of the Lord come.” We need every facet of the Holy Spirit engaged on our behalf every day. More on this tomorrow but for now, invite all that the Holy Spirit is to take you through this day.You are loved!