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Why Don’t We Listen?

March 3

Why Don’t We Listen?

“The Lord sent a word against Jacob…” —Isaiah 9:8

A donkey usually does not stumble upon a rock twice. But we human beings do, including the Jews of old, as we read in today’s Scripture. Isaiah was instructed to announce the judgments of the Lord to them because they trusted in earthly powers and did not serve the Lord with all their hearts. And so they experienced setbacks in their national life through military invasions. Many of their homes were destroyed. We might expect that they would begin to understand that the Lord was speaking to them, but instead they ridiculed the prophets!

In reckless abandon, they thought to simply rebuild their homes with more durable material. Consequently, Isaiah was called to pronounce judgment upon this haughty people. Because they were unwilling to humble themselves, greater judgments would come upon them. As we read in verse 11: “For all this, his anger is not turned away….” The disobedience of the nation would ultimately result in the destruction of the whole country, including the temple! And then would come the exile into Babylon.

Just as the Lord called His people to turn from their evil ways, He seeks to draw you to Himself today.

Why is it that even after sin and punishment, we still don’t listen?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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