Systemic Deafness

“While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.”

Jeremiah 7:13, NIV

Jeremiah had a tough assignment as a prophet. God told him to go to the people who had deserted Him, as was evident by the multitude of sins they were committing without restraint, without any care about God’s law or having any fear of the consequences of stealing, committing adultery and worshipping false gods. They had had plenty of opportunity to hear the voice of the Lord but had blocked up their spiritual ears with the hardened ‘wax of rebellion’.

I have just read the first seven chapters of Jeremiah and been amazed at how accurately Jeremiah was not only describing the spiritual climate of his day, but describing the world in which we live, where the authority of God’s Word has been replaced by ‘my truth’ and the new creed simply says ‘I believe what I believe’, irrespective of whether or not it is congruent with God’s Word to mankind.

Our Scripture for today prompted me to ask some very personal questions and to seriously examine my own heart about what issues there might be that God has spoken to me about again and again. I was reminded of the many people who have had to face reality about themselves but, sadly, at a time when they have missed many years of opportunity to serve the Lord they professed to love. Sometimes, when people close their ears to the loving entreaties of the Lord, He has to get our attention in other ways. They may, for example, have run into a spiritual brick wall which God, in His mercy, has used to help them see the truth about themselves.

My prayer today is that many of you reading this Seed of the Kingdom will take time out with the Lord to ask Him to show you if you’ve been closing your ears in any way to what He might have been saying to you. And then listen out to hear His voice afresh as you prepare yourselves to live the rest of your life, not in any form of rebellion against the Lord, but in joyful fellowship and relationship with the God who loves you more than anyone else could ever do.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for your patience in taking time to speak into my life. Forgive me, I pray, for the times I have been reluctant to hear Your voice and have closed my ears to Your words. Help me, Lord, to humble myself before You and listen afresh to what You are saying to me through Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

1 Comment

  1. .Dearest Peter and friend,
    Thank you for the eloquent way you write to bring to light and to us readers the thoughts that come to mind. Clearly, Holy Spirit is at work in you with all that He does to pursue you and the amazing accomplishments allowed through such a humble human being.
    I have had the amazing opportunity to meet you in 2020 and yes, I suppose it’s ok to call you friend, because a friend would take the time to share and the time to declare truth as it is revealed. I appreciated when you sat with my husband and I and ate your orange allowing us to share as you asked questions about us. You truly are a blessing to the KIngdom of God and I would love to say, “Thank you!” Thank you that my husband and I have had the opportunity to take advantage of Ellel USA in Lithia, FL and to become acquainted with your staff there (which by the way are AMAZING!) and for also sharing your heart by utilizing the venues at hand. You have truly, from day one, been an inspiration to me and I praise God for His infinite blessings! Although I don’t spend time on websites, I was prompted from one point today to reading about your post on Jeremiah. Yes, I would say it was the Lord once again. From day one finding out and hearing your story in person, you have been a source of encouragement to pay attention to God’s voice for myself and not the voices of so many telling me I can’t do or be someone God created me to be because I don’t follow the ways of man and of this world.
    God Bless you as you continue to stay nourished by the authority of your Savior!

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