Commentary By: Gordon King
Hardened hearts and blinded eyes. Unable to see the truth, unable to hear and understand. The lost, the unbelievers, the sinful and the wicked. Those who so desperately need to hear it cannot.
The world we live in is full of sin and wickedness. Evil abounds, and the escalation of demonic activity is moving quickly. Yet, there remains those who put their faith and trust in the one and only true God, Jesus Christ! They are the ones who can see what is happening in and to the world.
Jesus Christ, God Almighty, The Word, The Great I AM. He is the truth, the way, and the life. Without Him we are lost to eternal destruction. With Him we are given the free gift of eternal life, a life filled with abundance, with grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
Yet for some reason the lost are oblivious to the truth. They do have hardened hearts, and blinded eyes. They do not see the truth, nor can they hear it. You can talk to them day in and day out, but without the good Lord softening their hearts, they will not hear or understand.
They do not see their evil and sinful ways. They do not understand that what they do is wrong and rebellion against God. Why? Because the sin that they are living in has covered them, it infiltrates their very being. Their spirits are dead to the things of God, to the things of heaven above.
This is the truth my friends. When we say that the lost have hardened hearts, that they are blinded to the truth, take it literally! They actually do not see it or hear it. The bible, Jesus Christ, God Almighty, makes no sense to them whatsoever. They cannot even fathom the idea of a God of the universe, a creator of all mankind. A spiritual being responsible for all life, all of creation including the universe and all that it contains.
It’s only when God allows us to plant a seed inside of them that they will actually begin to see the truth. That they will begin to listen to what they are being told by Christians. They will not and cannot see the light without the hand of Almighty God touching their soul. He is the One who softens the heart and grows the seed. We merely plant the seed. When does he soften the heart? I’m not sure, but it is within our own will that we can have a change of attitude, a change of heart if you will. Maybe it is at that moment that God softens the heart and allows the sinner to see some of the truth.
That is why prayer for the lost is so vitally important. We must pray for their hearts to be softened, for God to touch them in a way for them to see and to hear, to understand the truth.
The lost believe that their ways are better than God’s ways, that they have the answers and can do all things of their own accord. This is the opposite of the truth. God’s ways are the highest, only He has the answers, and only through Him can we do all things.
Let us pray for the lost and spread the gospel to those that will hear. It is not for us to know who will listen and who will not. That is for God to decide.
God bless and Maranatha!