Isaiah 11:2, “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.”
Isaiah 11 talks about the Spirit and its manifestation in numerous ways to glorify the name of the Lord. It tells us that the Spirit of the Lord “rests upon Him.” Please note that the Spirit will ‘Rest” as opposed to the visitation of the Spirit.
Often times we tend to relate the presence of the Spirit with the experience that it produces in our body and senses. Some people feel warmness and a flow of electricity in the body. Some people start talking in tongues and others raise their voices and clap. Some people are filled with the joy of the Lord and others cry in the presence of the Spirit.
These are some of the experiences that we go through being in the environment where we feel the presence of the Spirit.
But “Resting of the Spirit” is different than having an “experience” in Spirit filled environment.
When the Spirit rests, it fills the person first with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, then with Counsel and might, and also with the Spirit of Knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
The Spirit of wisdom is manifested in the way a child of God makes decisions in His daily life to glorify the name of the Lord. The Spirit of Counsel prepares us to encourage others and the Spirit of might prepares us to do mighty work in the name of the Lord. With all these blessings come Knowledge of the word of God.
The Word of Godbegins to give us a new meaning according to the need to the hour to minister to us and others. And at the end, we are filled with the fear of the Lord that takes all fears away from our lives.
The “Spirit that rests” comes when we use the gifts and talents that the Lord bestow upon us when we experience the presence of the Spirit in congregation and while praising and worshipping with other believers.
When we experience the presence of the Spirit, The Lord fills us with spiritual gifts and talents according to His will and purpose. And if we faithfully use those gifts and talents to glorify the Lord, we are blessed with the Spirit that rests.
May the Lord fill us with a zeal to use gifts and talents that we receive in His presence so that the “Resting Spirit” may be our portion to glorify His name.