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::Devotional:: ‘Calloused Without Understanding’

August 3, 2010

Most of us have probably heard the phrase “thick skull” before.  Usually it’s used like, “when are you going to get this through your thick skull?”  It deals with a lack of comprehension or understanding.  The scriptures often refer to this as the “hardening” of the heart or the mind.  Did you know that a lack of understanding can actually create a callous on our hearts?

A friend of mine recently told me about a question one of their children posed to them in regards to spiritual things.  “Why do we do this and why do we do that?”  My friend’s response was startling, even to themselves, “Because that’s what my parents and grandparents have always done and now that’s what we do.”  Convictions of tradition had trumped convictions of understanding.  That’s probably the case for many of us isn’t it?

Do you remember old Peter walking on the water?  Do you remember how he had enough faith to call out to Jesus and set foot on the waves but somewhere along the way his faith wavered and he began to sink? Well the other day as I was studying for a lesson I came across a portion of scripture that brought new light to that event.

Consider how the disciples are described after Peter and Jesus get back in the boat.

Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”  Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down.  They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.  Mark 6:50-52

Ponder this for a moment.  Wouldn’t you expect the scriptures to say something more like, “they were completely amazed, for they had just seen Jesus and Peter walking on the water in the midst of a storm!”  Yet the scriptures point out that their amazement at this event is related to something they were supposed to understand about the loaves, referring to the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 which had occurred just prior to this event.  Furthermore, the scriptures suggest that what they did not understand about the loaves actually hardened their hearts.  A lack of understanding the loaves callused their hearts which in turn affected their understanding of Jesus walking on the water.

Tomorrow we will wrap this up but I want to leave you with a question to consider today. It’s a two-part question.  What are the things that you don’t understand about your spiritual walk with the Lord and do you think that causes you to have more of a solid faith or a wavering faith?

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

PS – If you care to comment in response to those questions you may do so anonymously, below in the comments section, if you’d like.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    August 3, 2010 6:15 pm

    When w e walk with the Lord and read and study his word we are walking in the spirit with God this will be a solid faith and when we don’t read and study God’s word it will make us have a wavering faith.


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