MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER, 2017 READ – DAY: 1 Peter 2-3; Night: Ezk 1-3
THEME: DON’T BE BLINDFOLDED
TEXT: ISAIAH 6: 9 – 12
HYMN: EMHB 308 – Lord, Thy Word abideth.
A person who is blindfolded is not actually a blind person but his/her eyes are covered deliberately for a space of time so that he/she cannot see. A blindfolded person, in the understanding of the Bible, is the one who deliberately closes his or her inner mind in order not to perceive the good works of God in his/her life and the community.
Isaiah was called by God to declare the message of the holiness and righteousness of God and to call the attention of the wayward people of Judah to return to God. God said the prophet would declare the Word but majority would be blindfolded with sin, thereby refusing to understand and perceive the holiness and righteousness of God which Isaiah preached to them. The Word was to expose the hard hearted resistance of many to God’s warning and appeal for repentance from sin.
The message of repentance is constantly being preached on the pulpit, in the print and electronic media and through gospel songs. But it is disheartening that majority are blindfolded with materialism, revelry, fashion, power, positions, entertainment, sports, home video, drinking of both the cup of mammon and the cup of God. They attempt to adorn all these in worship. They are blindfolded to perceive and understand the truth and they take God as a comedian whose words are laughable and for the moment.
The Word of God is a double-edged sword: it both saves and destroys. Do not be blindfolded with circumstances and situations around you to the extent of compromising and rejecting the Word of truth and life. Being blindfolded will surely end one in perdition.
MEMORY VERSE: Prov. 29:1 “He who often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.”
PRAYER: Father, open my inner eyes and ears daily, so that I will perceive Your holiness and righteousness and guide my daily activities with Thy Word through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.