John Chapter 12
By Sarah Mack
John 12: 39-43
39Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
40 “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes,
and understand with their heart, and turn,
and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
Many see the glory of God but won't speak and confess with their mouths and believe. Here, we see that when we won't confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, God allows a hardness to come upon us. The main reasons in the passage are fear and a love of self / love of the glory and praises of man.
"Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him". There was an act of willingness that Isaiah had to see and hear from God and then to speak. Fear, self love, and self protection had to be put aside. There must be a love for the glory of Jesus in us that overcomes any love we have for man’s praises.
Have you ever been in a place where God has allowed blindness and hardened your heart because of ignoring a word from God? I have, and in that place spiritual growth ceased until I repented.
Holy Spirit, help us, convict us and lead us into your Righteousness. Let us use our voices for the glory of You more than talk related to our physical world. We send the Spirit of God to our friends and family who need You and ask that Your conviction would come and that their hearts would be softened yet again so they can see You. Give them another chance to see you, love you, and give you Glory. We Glorify your name! (Stop and give Him Glory)