I posted the above scriptures on my Facebook page last week as they were heavily on my heart and mind. During my time in the Bible, when I came to these verses, I could not seem to get pass them. I felt as if God was asking me to pause and praise Him for the fact that I can hear Him and I do see through spiritual eyes. I shared the scriptures with hope that others would ponder the same. Those who did not understand what was being conveyed through this set of scripture, I was hoping it would cause them to pause and ask themselves, "Why do I not understand ... what are others hearing and seeing that I do not hear and see?"
It has been over a week since posting the above and I still have not been able to continue in my reading. I have tried, but I get stuck and can go no further. God is speaking to me. The impact these words have had on me has been huge. As always, I am left speechless ... without a proper way to define how amazing His gift of hearing and seeing is to a life ... to my life!!!
" ... Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and... their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them." How many times do we lack understanding at the travesties in life? People refuse today to acknowledge His presence but yet they want to blame Him for everything which goes wrong. They do not understand ... they do not see ... nor do they hear because they have chosen to walk not in His ways. We claim ignorance because we lack understanding, yet it is ours for the asking. He wants nothing more than to walk with us daily ... to be there to whisper soothing words in our ears during our trials ... to ease our hearts of the weight from our pain and suffering ... to give us a way of escape when we are in trouble ... to provide for us a hope to get us through times of suffering. He wants to embrace us in His loving arms when we are lonely. He loves us so much and yet we continually deny Him. Why???? Why in the world would we continually refuse these gifts?
I have no words to share how truly blessed and enriched I am because of His Spirit dwelling on the inside of me. When I read, " ... because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. ... ", I become so full deep on the inside. I am so appreciative for the ability to hear Him when He speaks to me through His Word ... through the utterings of others ... through the nudging of His Spirit. How invaluable this is and has been to my life. When I think back to where I was before I had this personal relationship with Him, I shudder at the hopelessness I had verses the hope of today.
I can so specifically recall thinking how 'out there' people were when they would try to win me to Christ. Believe it or not, there was a time in my life when I would not even allow you to discuss God in my home. I wanted no part of this crazy world you claimed to be a part of ... this spiritual being you lived for! Really? Oh how I could kiss the feet of those individuals today for never giving up on me ... for always praying for me ... for always knowing without a doubt that I was worth saving because I was His creation. I will never give up on you for the same reasons. I am praying for you daily, and I am constantly seeking Him so I have more to share with you.
I have come to realize, however, that just converting is not enough. You have to do more. As His Word says in Matthew 7:7, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Waking one morning and saying, "I am a Christian" does not cut it. It does not give you the understanding you need to hear from Him, nor does it open your ears and eyes to see in the spiritual realm. Giving your heart to Christ and asking His forgiveness for your sins is the beginning, but unless you seek Him diligently, you will never receive the true power from the One who lives within you. Posting a blog here and there, sharing a spiritual posting periodically, or proclaiming Christ in word but not in heart and deed will not bless you with the presence of Him. Giving your heart over to Him will get you to heaven, but how sadly you miss the awesomeness of His daily presence while here on earth.
2 Timothy 2:7 reads, "Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things." God wants to speak with you. He wants you to allow His Word to be a lamp unto your feet (Ps. 119:105).
I am not saying that just because you have crossed over into the spiritual world where you see and hear Him when He speaks that life will be just one merry event we pass through. It is anything but! Just as the unsaved struggle with daily life ... with loss of loved ones ... with issues beyond our comprehension ... so do we as Christians. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. Being a Christian does not always keep us dry, but it gives us a hope which is priceless. This hope which only comes by hearing and believing is what separates us from the majority of the world. Where do you go to seek hope? Will the hope you rely on sustain you through the most horrendous of times?
" ... BUT blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." Be the one that hears what He is saying to you! Do not be the foolish of the world who 'think' they know and see.
Proverbs 3:5-7 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes ... " Do not allow pride to rule your life? It is not 'cool' to not know Him. It is not 'wise' to walk in today's world without Him. Pray today for Him to give you His eyes so you can see and His ears so you may see!!!! It is a surrendering you will never regret.