“You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
27 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
Not seeing, not hearing, not understanding – these keep people from faith. These keep people from turning to God from their sins (repentance) and it keeps them from God’s healing. Some of the Jews that Paul was talking with believed, but “others would not believe” (vs. 24). There can be stubbornness with people that keeps them from believing. They see, but don’t see; hear, but don’t hear… and yet those who do hear with their hearts and turn! God’s healing comes to them. The turning is necessary for the healing. It is also evidence of hearing with your heart. Those who do hear with their heart turn to God every time! It’s the appropriate and natural action of truly hearing the Good News. Still, many will not hear. Many, by choice, will not see and they will not turn.
I certainly have this human trait of stubbornness. It was passed down from my parents and I am passing it to my children, I am sure. Nobody needs instructions on selfishness. We’re all experts. I choose not to be stubborn with God. I want to hear with my heart and in every way turn to God. I want His healing in my life.
I love You, Father. Thank You for Your message which has reached my heart. I want to really understand it and follow. Would You please continue to teach me Your ways and allow me to be healed by Your Word. Thank You for speaking to me in Your Son. I am Yours and I choose to do your bidding today. Thank You for the grace of this new day!