"The rest of the men ... repented not" (Revelation 9:20)
There are many compelling lessons to be drawn from the Scriptures, and one of the clearest is that sinful and rebellious people can never be forced into repentance.
The same act that may cause one person to repent and believe sill cause others to hate and despise God!
The same Bible sermon that brings the person to tearful submission at an altar of prayer will send others out with pride and a resolve to have their own human way.
Students of the Scriptures are aware that the Old Testament prophets and the writing apostles of New Testament times foresaw and proclaimed God's coming day of judgment - the consummate settling of accounts between the Sovereign God and His rebellious and sinful creation.
How desperately we would like to believe that in the face of coming judgment, all lost men and women will cry out to God, but such will not be the case: "The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands ..." (Revelation 9:20).
Lord, I pray today that a massive number of people who do not yet know You will turn away from their sin and receive new life in Jesus Christ. Amen
~A. W. Tozer~