“Who hath believed our report?” Romans 10:16 KJV
My friend Paul was visiting Nebraska Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River. Near the edge of the visitor center parking lot he saw a Mountain Bluebird. Mountain Bluebirds are a rare, but not unheard-of sighting in that part of Nebraska, so Paul decided to report it to the staff at the visitor center. The person at the information booth told Paul that he could not have seen a Mountain Bluebird because they are not found in that area. Certain of what he had seen, but not wishing to create an argument, Paul retreated to another part of the visitor center. He started a conversation about birds with another staff member. After a while he divulged to his new acquaintance that he had found a Mountain Bluebird near the parking lot. The man replied that he had seen Mountain Bluebirds there, too, but that the supervisor did not believe him and refused to post the sighting on the bulletin board.
Have you ever had exciting information to share with others, but found that because of their preconceived notions or personal perspectives, they could not accept your good news? They thought you were crazy, or at best merely naïve or misinformed. Or maybe someone tried to share something with you, and you did not believe him because it did not fit in with the views you already held. Today’s Bible verse, “Who hath believed our report,” is a quote from Isaiah, and is a prophecy that the coming Messiah would not be recognized by most of the people. Sadly, there will always be people who refuse to receive salvation through Jesus Christ. However, that is no excuse for us to stop proclaiming that good news. As Apostle Paul asks, “How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:14-15). Sometimes, as my friend, Paul, found with his news of the Mountain Bluebird, you will not be believed. Keep giving others the opportunity to hear the good news. “Faith comes from hearing the message” (Romans 10:17).
Lord, prepare the hearts of others to receive your good news. Help me to proclaim your Word to the world. Amen.