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The Beacon
June, 2024

“Strangers devour his strength, and he knows it not;
gray hairs are sprinkled upon him, and he knows it not.”
(Hosea 7:9)

They needed healing. That is what Isaiah the prophet said about the fathers of the Jewish people. The message to them was from the Holy Spirit, but Isaiah was the appointed spokesman.

God knew that His message would be listened to by some. But the ones Isaiah was addressing were having a hard time hearing. In Isaiah 42 he said things like: “You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing.” (v. 20)

“So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.” (v. 25)

What does it take for hearts to be softened toward the Lord? An old song released in 1971 asked the question, “How can you mend a broken heart?” More importantly, “How can you melt a hardened heart?” Through the years, many have asked me that question in so many words.

In I Timothy 4:1-2, the Apostle Paul wrote, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”

In Ephesians 4, Paul talked about the past lives of the Gentiles and the futility of their thinking. He said, “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.” (vs. 18-19)

Near the end of his first letter to Timothy, Paul provided a challenge for Timothy (and for all believers) when he said, “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (I Timothy 6:11-12)

Pray for hearts to be softened toward the Lord these days. And continue to pursue a righteous life in Christ – as a witness for Jesus, for your edification, and for His glory!