Hardly hearing

RE Verse reading–Acts 28:17-31 (day six)
” For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears. . .otherwise they might. . .hear with their ears. . .and turn, and I would heal them”  (vs 27)  Despite Paul’s love for his people, he knew their history and their tendencies.  Tendencies, I fear, we all share.  The Jews were hard of hearing.  (Greek–bareos, “heavily, with difficulty”)  Imagine a person who has gained weight, so much that he/she can barely move.  Normal tasks become difficult, with the added challenge that the less he/she moves the harder it is to lose the pounds.  Now imagine yourself in worship.  Do we hear the Lord with difficulty?  Sluggish?  Lacking enthusiasm and easy movement?  As a new year approaches, many of us will (again) set goals for physical health.  Shouldn’t we take an equally careful look at out spiritual health?  God promises His help.  ” (If they would) hear and turn, I would heal them” says the Lord!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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