Written by 843 Acres writer Perryn Pettus.
As a little girl, I wasn’t allowed to leave the dinner table until I had eaten everything on my plate, even the vegetables. I had to taste one of each dish that my mom had cooked. And, I had a strict bed time of 8:00 PM. I didn’t understand any of these rules during my childhood. Although my parents never ceased explaining why they enacted these rules, I would not believe. I heard them tell me the reasons, but I didn’t understand.
Thankfully, as an adult, I don’t live in the same contrarian mindset. I now know why they placed these rules on my siblings and me. As I grew older, I slowly began to understand the depth and impact of these seemingly nonsensical rules. I didn’t stay in the same place with my reasoning and logic and, today, I even agree with these constraints.
In Acts 28, the Jews came to Paul’s house to hear him preach and hear his views. He preached day and night to explain to the people about the kingdom of God and of Jesus, while some believed him and some didn’t.
In Acts 28:24-27, we see what happened when Paul preached the gospel: “Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
‘Go to this people and say,
“You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
God is merciful to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to His truth if we turn to Him. Just as I can see how my eyes and ears have been opened to perceive differently than I did as a child, I also see and hear God’s truth differently. Pray that you will not be one who turned and walked away because you disagreed with God’s word. Turn to Him so that your heart may be always understanding and perceiving the beauty of His truth!