Acts 28:25-27 – – “And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, 26 saying, ‘GO TO THIS PEOPLE AND SAY, “YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 27 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES; OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.”‘ NASU
When the Jewish Leaders came to Paul in Rome he poured out his heart but many rejected his message arguing amongst themselves resulting in Paul quoting Isaiah regarding the tragic condition of their hearts. Isaiah’s words sound a warning that causes me to cry out, “Lord May It Never Be!!!” May it never be said of us:
- We HEAR but do not UNDERSTAND.
- We SEE but do not PERCEIVE.
- Our HEARTS have become DULL.
- Our EARS scarcely HEAR.
- Our EYES have been CLOSED.
Oh God, help us to hear and understand, see and perceive that which you are saying and doing in our world. May we open our hearts to the voice of the Spirit of God and have ‘ears to hear’, ‘eyes to see’, and ‘hearts to believe’. May we return to the Lord with a whole heart and experience His healing in our lives.
My friends, God has never stopped reaching out and will not stop. He extends His mercy and grace to us so may we never stop responding to Him. May God be with you as you go through your day! Be blessed and be a blessing!