by Andrew Lewis
‘As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”
Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed?‘
Israel had a tendency to ignore God even though they had seen so many miracles, so many blessings and received so many promises; they still hardened their hearts when God spoke. Thousands of years later, we still have the same problem, we harden our hearts to the voice of God.
What was the result of ignoring God, of choosing to not believe? The writer of Hebrews gives us some insights in vv.19 …
‘So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.’
They did not enter into the promise land because of a failure to take God at his word, to believe in what was spoken and to live the appropriate life according to what they had been called to.
I wonder what promises, blessings or assurances we have missed out on because of our unbelief?
Unbelief isn’t evil, you’re not a bad person because you have moments of unbelief the truth is, if we were all honest, every Mother, Father, son, daughter, coworker, pastor and leader would admit that they have had moments and times of unbelief.
It is in these moments and seasons of unbelief that we have the potential to choose to step into what God has for us; to step into it anyway.
TODAY is God calling you, challenging you or even just trying to speak to you? Are you hardening your heart and choosing unbelief over stepping into what God has for you?
‘Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.’ James 1:22-24
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