I have witnessed to many people over the past 25 years and I am amazed at the unbelief and lack of interest I have encountered even up until this present day. I get discouraged, but when I read the scriptures I realize that there is nothing new under the sun. So very very sad …
Matthew 11:16-17 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Matthew Henry Commentary:
It is some comfort to faithful ministers, when they see little success of their labours, that it is no new thing for the best preachers and the best preaching in the world to come short of the desired end.
If … those great commanders, Christ and John, returned so often empty …, no marvel if ours do so, and we prophesy to so little purpose upon dry bones.
That the cause of this great unfruitfulness and perverseness of people under the means of grace, is that they are like children sitting in the markets;
they are foolish as children, froward as children, mindless and playful as children; would they but show themselves men in understanding, there would be some hopes of them.
The market-place they sit in is to some a place of idleness (ch. 20:3);
to others a place of worldly business (James 4:13);
to all a place of noise or diversion;
so that if you ask the reason why people get so little good by the means of grace, you will find it is because they are slothful and trifling, and do not love to take pains;
or because their heads, and hands, and hearts are full of the world, the cares of which choke the word, and choke their souls at last (Eze. 33:31; Amos 8:5);
and they study to divert their own thoughts from every thing that is serious.
Thus in the markets they are, and there they sit; in these things their hearts rest, and by them they resolve to abide.