The Spirit of Stupor
Possessing the spirit of stupor is like walking around in a daze. We’re just not quite with it. We seem to be lost with no purpose in life and most of the things we do seem unreasonable to a sane person. The Apostle Paul described the nation of Israel as having a spirit of stupor in his letter to the Christians in Rome. Paul said in Romans 11:7-8, “What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.” Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor. Eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day.”
The Apostle Paul wrote the above about the religious minded Israelite’s of his day saying they could not obtain what they sought from God because they had a spirit of stupor on them, but those who were not seeking the Lord were receiving the very things God’s people were seeking. God’s people wanted Him to bless them, but they were unwilling to follow the Lord, as a result God gave them eyes that could no longer see the evidence He presented to them, but those who were not seeking Him, believed and followed Him and were converted and obtained the blessings the religious Jews were seeking. Amazing isn’t it? Those who wanted what God had for them but would not submit to Him, did not obtain, but those who were not seeking the One the Jews were seeking and who was just tired of their old life, believed and obtained the precious promises of God.
What about the modern day church? Have we been saved so long that we have become pious religious folks, blind and deaf, ignoring the instructions of the Lord like the religious Israelite’s did? Or, are we so serious in desiring a life change that we are willing to believe and follow Him that we might obtain the precious promises of God? I fear the spirit of stupor is operating in the modern day church as mightily as it was in Israel during the days of the Apostle Paul. God couldn’t use the religious Israelite’s then because they would not believe and submit to Him. They wanted God to do things their way not realizing He had given them a spirit of stupor and they were both blind and deaf to the moving of the Spirit of God. Because of their hardness of heart God was giving their precious gifts to those who were willing to follow Him and believe. As a result, the Israelite’s became extremely upset when they realized God had given the gifts that had been reserved for them to the Gentiles who were using those gifts to introduce the God of the Hebrews to Gentile unbelievers. This was sacreligious to the religious folks in Israel because they did not hear Jesus say, “Go, ye, into all the world and preach the gospel to every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” And they did not understand when Jesus said, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Whosoever includes you and I, regardless of what nation we live in or what tongue we speak. Jesus died for all of us that all of us might live with Him forever. DThrash