“He said, ‘Go and tell this people: “Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving. 10. Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.’” Isaiah 6:9-10. NIV.
These verses are from the passages where Isaiah receives his prophetic commission. He is told the people will hear, but not hear, see but not see; and so they will not repent, and forfeit healing. This judgment and warning applies to us today just as much- if not more- than in the days of ancient Israel. We see so much Gospel on TV, Internet and radio, we have bibles in most homes, and many of us can quote a few verses, we have churches on every corner but still we are blind, calloused, and dull to righteousness and truth.
Isaiah exposed their hardened hearts, and his words warn us that we, too, have calloused hearts and must beware. God is saying, “Go ahead be hardened to me, and deaf to my voice, and blind to my truth; go ahead. I will let you go all the way.”
They were warned that, "Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed." The action God asked of them was that they turn, they were going one way God said, 'Turn around and come back to me."
The opportunity was there but neglected. They chose to not see, to not hear, and to not turn. Their nation was destroyed and they were taken as slaves and deported. We must not make their mistake.
Only the Lord can rescue us from blindness and judgment. May we pray for the Lord to open our eyes, ears, and our hearts. May we pray that we see our sins and return and repent.
My Prayer For Our Nation.
Holy God, surely You are the God
Of all righteousness and truth.
Unbind our iron wrapped eyes
To see our wrongs against Your love.
Clean our ears of the black crud
That blocks us from hearing Your word.
Demolition our concrete hearts
And transplant tender organs.
Give us clear eyes that see Your truth.
Open our ears to hear Your words.
Grant us hearts that pump gentle love.
Take our dirty hands and turn us,
And place us on Your humble path.
May we soon enjoy Your healing,
And again share the bright blessings
That flow from your gentle sure hand.
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