Friday, July 09, 2010

But they were not willing

Five of the saddest words in the Bible are: "But they were not willing."

Psalm 81:11—“But my people would not hearken to my voice, and Israel would have none of me.”
Isaiah 28:12—“This is the rest by which ye may cause the weary to rest, and this is the refreshing; yet they would not hear.”
Proverbs 1:24—“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded.”
Jeremiah 13:10—“This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be like this belt, which is good for nothing.”
Isaiah 65:12—“When I called, ye did not answer; when I spoke, ye did not hear, but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that in which I delighted not.”
Proverbs 1:24—“’Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded.”
John 5:40—“And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.”
"I WOULD--BUT YE WOULD NOT."
(Matthew 23:37; Luke 19:41)

Living in relationship with others can be so difficult. We have expectations for how they should behave--our husband, our children, family, friends. And if they are Christian, then our expectations are raised to even a higher level. And when they disappoint, it is devastating, and well...disappointing.
But these sad verses in the Bible remind me that men even reject God. Christian men and women. And how devastating and disappointing that is for the Lord. And He knows how we feel when others disappoint us.

1 comment:

laura said...

just finished a blog that i have sat on for a year- about this very thing. thank you for reminding me that He knows how i feel. and praying that those words will not be spoken of me. Lord, let my heart not be hardened. thanks, andrea!