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Today’s passage is a hard one. It talks about God hardening those who reject him. Giving them a spirit of stupor, blinding them, deafening them. It reminds me of Romans 1:24, where God “gives them over to the desires of their hearts.” Yet it’s hard to come to terms with.
David’s reaction in vs. 9-10 is interesting. He doesn’t seem so bothered by the idea of God hardening people. In fact, it’s almost like he’s cheering God on in His hardening! “Take ’em down, God.” I suppose if I lived my whole life near godless people who sought my life, I might have less of a problem with the concept too!
I just watched the Passion of the Christ again last week. This hardening description reminds me of those religious leaders who persisted in getting Jesus crucified. It was incredible how blind they were. Yet their blindness was necessary and so obviously appointed by God in order for Jesus to suffer at the hands of men.
Evening amidst hardening, God works His good plan for ultimate good–as we’ll see tomorrow.