THE STORY OF JESUS: John 12:37-43
“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts.” (John 12:40)
This is a quote from Isaiah 6:10, when Isaiah was sent on a mission.
Isaiah must tell Israel that God will ‘harden’ them in their stubbornness.
Since they refuse to repent and believe, God let’s them have their own way.
Jesus has this same mission, since He’s dealing with the same stubbornness.
Parents may warn a scowling child, ‘your face might freeze that way’.
This verse warns those who resist God, ‘your heart might freeze that way’.
God is not being mean, God gives people what they adamantly want and choose.
But what of those who want to believe but fear what others say (vv.42-43)?
This is hard place to be, at odds with both Jesus and those you fear.
You are happy where you are, but afraid of where you want to be.
It’s not for me to judge their faith or criticize their fear.
God is gracious, He continues to reach out to us, to draw us over to Him.
But eventually He takes the hint, and accepts our rejection, and lets us go.
Am I hesitating or refusing God somehow: ‘Be careful, you might freeze that way’.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, show me where I’m holding back and help me cross the line. I don’t want to get stuck where I don’t want to be.