(NKJV) “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, “saying, ‘Go to this people and say:
“Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand;
And seeing you will see, and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them”‘ (Acts 28:25–27).
For most of my life I really didn’t understand how these folks could miss it by so far. Right in front of them were the signs of the time, the miracles that were performed, and, mostly, the evidence of the word of God. Yet for all that, so many people couldn’t see or understand what was happening in their time and life.
Agendas! Personal and social agendas.
“Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand.” Hearing they heard but understood it according to an agenda. I remember when Barack Obama was first elected as President. I heard people declare that those that didn’t vote for him were racist. They were seeing things through their agenda, so they couldn’t hear what anyone opposed to their ideology was saying. These were Christian people.
“Seeing you will see, and not perceive.” Why do people not perceive what’s happening around them? They are seeing things through an agenda. I hear it all the time: “What’s happening in the world?”, “Why is this happening?”, or something similar. These are Christian people.
As Christians we should be the one people group that understands how and why things are the way they are: (NKJV) “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:4–6).
If we get caught up in what’s popular to believe — the agendas of the world — we are in danger of being judged with the world (2 Peter 2). We need to place the word of God first and judge every doctrine and agenda by careful study and prayer through the Word.
It is imperative that we don’t look at God’s word through the eyes of agendas. Doing so is having eyes to see but not perceiving, and having ears to hear and not understanding. This is the age of deception. We need to be very careful.
Stay vigilant and prepared!