“Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine; They stagger, but not with intoxicating drink. For the LORD has poured out on you The spirit of deep sleep, And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers. The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.” And he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, “Read this, please.” And he says, “I am not literate.” Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people, A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.””
Isaiah 29:9-14 NKJV
I have noticed that when I am overwhelmed, and all my sensory inputs are clogged with incoming data, my mind goes to sleep. It is as if my brain has hit some kind of safety reset, or fuse to slow the flow of information so that I can catch up. If I am not careful, I can find myself getting too overwhelmed by all the input, and the switch is tripped and I am in danger of missing some important detail. All the stuff coming in is blurred, and the small things are lost. Often the true meaning of what I am perceiving is lost, or brushed over. It is as if I have gone to sleep.
The bible is not a document that can be merely skimmed through, instead, one must take the time and read it slowly, absorbing all the little nuances and implications with the help of the Holy Spirit. When I read today’s passage in Isaiah, I saw a picture of myself when I am in a hurry. I move about the situation, unsteady, unsure, staggering with my lack of understanding. I think God intended His word to be thick and requring study. You have to desire it, to crave its meaning, and value it. I remember a time when I encountered Proverbs chapter 2. That passage struck me and has guided my approach to Scripture ever since.
“My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.”
Proverbs 2:1-5 NKJV
For those who race through the word, they are very likely to miss the treasure the Lord has for them. If you miss the word, you will miss the heart and intent of the Lord. That seems to be happening a lot these days. People are seeking answers only found in God, while at the same time ignoring the glorious word of God. Instead we seek all the conspiracies, all the arguments, and jam ourselves with the overwhelming sensory input that trips our switches and slows the flow of reasoned thought. We go to sleep.
In that slumber, we miss the the great things that God is doing, the opportunities for the Gospel that He has opened up, and the opportunity to come to know Him better. We miss the King in all His beauty. We get lost on the issues and miss the solutions. Worst of all, we miss the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We look at those who offend us and forget that they need the Lord. We forget that we, who know the Lord, were offensive ourselves. I know I was. I know I am. Any good in me is the product of the work of the Holy Spirit, transforming my heart moment by moment.
Sadly, for those completely caught up in the struggles of this present time, this wonderful book called the bible is sealed up like one of those old style CD cases back in the mid eighties. it is impermeable, unpenetrable, creating an obstacle akin to an illitaterate person trying to read War and Peace. It is ignored, though it holds the key for Spirit filled people to bring about the change needed.
I urge you, believers, to avail yourselves of the great gift God has given you. We who have called upon the name of the Lord, whose sins have been forgiven by Jesus’s atoning death on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection are called to be His ambassadors. Do not be one whose lips praise the name of the Lord, but whose hearts are far from Him. God desires to do a marvelous work, a saving work, a transforming miracle where the most insurmountable problems are solved by the One who created us all.
It is not a time for slumber, it is a time to wake up, get some good coffee and be about the work while there is still time.
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