By Associate Pastor Alex Mack
Daily Reading Hebrews 4 and 5
Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:6-7 ESV
As I am sharing this with you all on a Sunday evening, I find these verses particularly important. We have all had the Word of God preached to us today and we have all heard the Lord ministering something to our hearts, if we have been open to His voice. As we read in James, we have hopefully come face to face with a mirror as we gaze into God's Word and seen ourselves as we really are. Interestingly, the question according to this text is not whether we will respond. We all respond to the Word of God, either the right way or the wrong way. The true question is, will we harden our hearts, or will we yield our hearts to the Holy Spirit so He can change us? I am not alone in believing this charge "Do not harden your hearts" to be important. If you've been reading straight through Hebrews with us you realize that, coming out of chapter three, this is the third time the author of Hebrews is quoting this same verse! Repetition in Scripture is always there to stress what is being stated. We have a continual need to guard against the hardening of our hearts. Hebrews is written to a body of believers, those who have put their trust in Christ, and yet they (and we) are encouraged to watch our hearts, watch our ways, watch our lives, to be sure that we are not failing to enter into what we have professed and believed. I can't tell you what the Lord has spoken to your heart today. But we, as the body of Christ, can be encouraged to yield our hearts to the deep working of the Holy Spirit, to agree with God's Word from our hearts, as it comes to challenge, stir, and change us, as long as there is a "today" in which to do so.