“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
Is it possible to see what is going on all around you, but to not understand what God is doing? What about, what the enemy is doing? When Yahweh commissioned the prophet Isaiah he charged him with a very odd command (Is.6:8-10). Isaiah was to make the people even more calloused to God’s word than they were already. Why would God do this? He instructed Isaiah to go out and tell the people that they were headed down the wrong path. They had become hardenedto the word of God, and when they heard it, they did not want to receive it. They trusted in the ways of man and worshiped idols and believed the false prophets that told them that there was nothing to worry about and they should continue to live as they wanted to live. They were so wrapped up in the ways of the nations around them, they forgot to seek God first.
In the New Testament, Jesus reminds his disciples of these very words of the prophet Isaiah and tells them that he intentionally speaks in parables to keep the things of the Father hidden from those who were so caught up in the trappings of the world around them, that they had become blind to the character and nature of the Creator. Some of the Religious Leaders understood that they were the ones depicted as the ignorant and calloused, in some of Jesus’ parables and it angered them to the extent that they were determined to have him arrested, or worse. In other words, their hearts were hardened even more than they were already after hearing Jesus speak.
The late twentieth century evangelist, Billy Graham, was famous for telling his audiences, during his altar calls, that if they felt a tug at their heart, not to ignore it. He said that if they rejected that draw to the message of Jesus, that their heart would become increasingly hardened after each time they rejected the invitation. There is a physiological reason for this calloused state of mind. God knows how he created us as human beings, he knows how our brains work. He warns us about the dangers of deception (Gen.3). God gives us truth in many forms, and we are expected to seek out the truth and to be on vigilant alert to the lies of Satan. Christians, of all people, should question everything that man does especially when things become coercive (psychologically or physically). Satan is the master at the art of Psychological Warfare by using unconventional methods of battle. He knows all too well how to deceive. Jesus warned that in the last days everyone would be deceived, except for the elect (Matthew 24). Let that sink in.
Be on you your guard Christian, Lucifer is a deceiver and a liar who prowls around like a beast seeking someone to devour (1Pet. 5:8). Be aware that just as God uses people to participate in history, so does Satan. Ask yourself; does what you accept as truth line up with reality and God’s desire for life as humans who are free to exercise choice, or is the “truth” that you accept coercive, confining, and elusive to factual evidence?