It is difficult to share with those who won’t listen – is it not?
God has the same problem:
…And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
God mentioning those who …do not hear
You may have seen elderly (or young) ladies sitting outside department stores holding-out magazines – and usually muttering something like ‘Thank you sir’ whilst naming the magazine they want you to buy, held forth in their hand.
They are usually ignored.
‘The harsh’ – usually mutter something like: “Go and get a job”, under their breath.
I remember once giving a gentleman, doing the same thing, a fair amount for the magazine – only to receive a rather nasty rebuttal and refusal to give me the magazine.
Apparently (I can only guess), I had insulted him with my contribution (?). What made things worse was the fact that I couldn’t reason with him as he had very little grasp of English.
So I let it go – he with my contribution and I with no magazine.
No one likes to be ignored.
Yet because God isn’t seen to be sitting in front of them – many choose to ignore Him.
Nor will they consider listening to the means He has chosen, by which He wants to communicate.
Therefore they do not hear what He has to say.
Programmed – mind already made up – habitual shut down of the natural faculties – when (just as with the magazine seller), someone tries to engage with them.
Engaging with them to present the Gospel.
There are a bundle of questions not easily answered when it comes to God and His ways.
This inability to answer all the questions under the sun can be – stumbling block number one – for some folks.
Whereas in contrast they fail to consider the many answers already given in the book of books. (The Bible)
A few immediately unanswerable questions about God, and ignoring Him therefore, becomes the easy option.
There is a closing of the mind to any words purporting to represent God and His salvation.
But there is a spiritual element in this, revealed in scripture:
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
This scripture tells us a number of things. …god of this age… The ‘god of this age/world’ has various other names – most common of which is ’the devil’.
…minds…blinded: A blinded mind is the mind that immediately switches off and ignores the message – and can be demonically programmed to do so.
The means God chooses to reveal Himself is through the words of a message, usually preached = For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord,
should shine on them….Lastly what is supposed to happen and will happen to those who have ears to hear and will stop in their tracks to give the gospel a chance, is the reception of God’s enlightenment (light) inside – as you experience it’s transforming power. Light received through His Word (Bible).
…gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
The Bible’s words are light – light shines – and God wants to shine His Words on and into you and I. So we will hear/see them in our hearts and turn and be converted.
If anyone responds to this and seeks Him…
Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.