“‘Go to this people and say,
“You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
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.’
Here we see Paul, near the end of the book of Acts, ministering to large groups of people in his home and challenging them with this reality: that The Holy Spirit has spoken and is still speaking, but it is only those with eyes to see and ears to hear who will receive the salvation of God.
Some accepted his words, others agreed, but there were some there who didn’t accept what he was saying and argued amongst themselves as they left. It is a good question to ask ourselves the question, which group do I identify with?
May we be people who never shut our eyes or block our ears, but always remain open and ready to receive the Word God is speaking to us.
– Andre Bruyns