MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
Hebrews 3:7-8 ESV
A HEART TO LISTEN
What one national park worker calls “a false sense of security” continues to lead visitors of national parks to ignore warnings and to take dangerous chances. Despite clear warnings, for example, people still try to pose with the bears, to get too close to other wild animals, or to enter waters that are not safe for swimming. This park worker suggests that perhaps the word “park” itself helps to lull people into feeling safe when they are actually in a potentially dangerous environment. It seems to be part of our human nature to ignore warning signs. (Today in the Word)
The author of Hebrews was encouraging his audience to listen to God when He was speaking words of instruction, direction and correction. The “Therefore” in verse 7 was a reference to the argument in the previous verses that Jesus was better than Moses. And since Jesus is better than Moses, the best man they knew, they should listen when Jesus speaks. The warning is to not be hardened toward God’s instructions. The word “today” implies there is a sense of urgency to listen now. The warning also implies it might be harder to hear God tomorrow than it is today.
It is so important that we constantly examine the condition of our heart. In Mark 7:21-23 Jesus said, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Ask God to show you what in your heart would keep you from hearing and doing what He wants you to do today.