Daily Devotional: Day 23
“That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven” (Mark 4:12, KJV).
Pay attention to Jesus’ words in today’s Bible verse. He says that there are those who see, but do not perceive. Notice the distinction between seeing and perceiving. He further says that there are others who hear, but do not understand. Again, notice the distinction Jesus draws between hearing and understanding. Then, he concludes that the inability to perceive or understand blocks people from being converted and having their sins forgiven. Jesus doesn’t deny that they have access to information about God. His point is that to perceive and understand is better than seeing and hearing. Fortunately, none of this is complicated. Just ask the Father to grant you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation (See Ephesians 1:17). Jesus came to into the world to give us revelation about the Father and to unveil his eternal plan for us.
All revelation includes information, but not all information includes revelation. The Devil has access to the information in the Bible, but he has no revelation of the Word of God. If he did, perhaps we would be having a different conversation. He walks, because of his pride, in the darkness of ignorance. The Christian life is more than accumulation of information about God. Revelation is the key to salvation and subsequent spiritual growth. If you stay with just information, you’ll become spiritually stagnant and anemic. Information, of course, is an important first step. But you must go a step further – where you walk in the glorious light of God’s Word. The eyes of your understanding must be open, enabling you to perceive the splendor of your Father and your place in his eternal plan. Enjoy this song by Hillsong, as you receive revelation today.
Father, your Word is a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet. You sent your Son to reveal you to us. I want to know you more. Grant me a spirit of wisdom of revelation in the knowledge of you. I thank you that you always hear me. Glory to you forever, in Jesus Name. Amen.
For further study: Acts 8: 26-40
Enjoy blessings of revelation today!
Pastor Stephen “Steve” Alfred Bilson-Ogoe
Charis Temple (non-denominational church)
Manassas, Virginia, USA
Office Phone: (888)-541-5594