Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Dream Haters (Part 23)
God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.
Romans 11:8 (NIV)
For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, and have not sought the Lord; Therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Jeremiah 10:21 (NKJV)
'Are you still so dull?' Jesus asked them.
Matthew 15:16 (NIV)
Serious stupor can cover our dreams with cobwebs, like an unread Bible on an undusted shelf; or like a sticky web on a million screens. Before we know it, our eyes are glued to stupefying sights, and our ears are tuned to deafening sounds.
The dictionary defines stupor as 'a state of mental numbness' (American Heritage). The Bible defines stupor as a deadening of the senses. Spiritually speaking, its victims grow dim and dull:
'For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed' (Matthew 13:15). 'Everyone is dull-hearted, without knowledge' (Jeremiah 51:17). God says these conditions can be fatal:
'The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel' (2 Corinthians 4:4). 'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge' (Hosea 4:6).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God has called you to make a difference: Instead of serious stupor, you act with sincere sensitivity; Instead of mental numbness, you think with the Mind of Christ; Instead of dim vision, you see with clear eyes;
Instead of barely hearing, you listen with godly attention; Instead of dummied down, you rise up with God's glory; Instead of hard-hearted religion, you bleed with Christ's compassion.
If Walking Dead is a TV show, then let 'Walking uprightly' (Micah 2:7) be your show: a show of light so bright, that others are drawn to your warmth; a show of life so passionate, that others are sparked by your fire.
A show of talent so unique, that others can only want more; a show of actions so clean, that others consider a plunge. Pretty soon, serious stupor has been shaken off like the first day of spring: 'Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.