Are you tired of preaching God’s revealed truth to your congregation, family, friends, and coworkers only for much of that to fall on deaf ears, blind eyes, and hard hearts? Though it may seem odd, take comfort, for there is nothing new under the sun. Behold, the Word of the LORD proclaims in Isaiah:

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” – Isaiah 6:8-13

Without a doubt, in this present evil age, it can be especially fatiguing when you have poured your life into delivering the gospel message only to have so few repent and bear fruit. From the flesh, it seems like a fool’s errand, but, from the spirit, we know that it is God’s command to press on.

Isaiah’s lived during troubled times. After all, it wasn’t too long before this great revelation was given to him that King Uzziah had defiled the temple and was then judged with leprosy. If Uzziah, a great leader before his foolish act of pride humbled him, could be judged so harshly, then all the moreso of our leaders. Hard hearts during a hard time.

At this point, we cry out for grace longing to see a revival that such hardness and leadership corruption be vanquished. God did command Isaiah to preach, but the result would be continual rebellion. That is so hard to swallow, but He did not leave Isaiah without hope.

After such times, the stump would sprout and rise out of the destruction. Christ Jesus is He Who comes to deliver the world, so we are not without hope. Even so, wide is the gate that leads to destruction,

In America particularly, we are used to great revivals and preaching that leads to widespread repentance, yet today, in spite of much prayer, fasting by some, and constant orthodox preaching, we see so little life change. The country is overrun by Sodomites, befallen to Muslims, and apathetic to adultery, pornography, and abortion.

How should we then live?

Let not your hearts be troubled. Just as Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, so shall He raise our mortal bodies. Let us rejoice that we are saved, lest we think to highly of ourselves, and let us rejoice when that one lost soul does repent and turn to Christ. Be faithful, for God will be do as He pleases, and we know that the LORD is good and just. The Sovereign over all will vindicate His people in His good time.