As a former teacher, there were many days I talked to blank stares, bowed heads and confused faces. Maybe the topic I spoke on was boring, students stayed up too late the previous night or I was tuned out by their minds, not as entertaining as their favorite television stars. However, one of the main reasons people don’t listen is because deep down inside, they probably don’t believe what you saying applies, will change or impact their lives.
Moses encounters a similar experience within Exodus 6:9-12, confused by Israel’s response to the message God gave him. Based upon verse 9, the distress of slavery and the wear and tear of beat downs by Egyptian officials took a toll on their hearts. After approaching a 4th generation of bondage, it appears no one could foresee the miracle God was waiting to perform.
This mentality is alive and well today, made stronger by an I know it all attitude. If you include opinions, political views and well defined worldviews, breaking down the walls to clear communication is extremely challenging. This likely explains why Jesus used the phrase “you have ears but don’t hear and eyes but do not hear,” addressing the Pharisees for their stubbornness. May the Holy Spirit help you conquer this worldwide dilemma, 1 Corinthians 2:9-16, to influence those whom you come in contact with daily.
by Jay Mankus