“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:12-13
The writer of Hebrews reminds his readers how their ancestors rebelled towards God within the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt. The folks of Israel didn’t belief in God’s energy to supply. They didn’t imagine he cared about their want for water.
The author then urges first-century believers — and us — to not fall into the identical lure. It’s robust to observe God’s instructions and stay as disciples of Jesus. The every day wrestle with sin can harden our hearts. We are able to start to doubt God’s goodness.
Sin tempts us with guarantees that it could’t ship. Even so, we generally suppose we may give in to temptation — only for a bit. We whisper to our conscience, “Tomorrow I’ll repent and observe God once more.”
However, there’s no such factor as past-tense or future-tense discipleship. Hebrews repeatedly makes use of the key phrase “today.” “Right now, in the event you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7). Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. Right now.
If we harden our hearts towards God’s voice as we speak, what makes us suppose we’ll hear tomorrow?
Daily, we will select to hearken to God’s voice or to harden our hearts towards him. And on daily basis, now we have a possibility to encourage each other to maintain following Jesus, even when the highway is troublesome.
Pricey heavenly Father, I select to observe you as we speak. Maintain my coronary heart mushy and delicate to your voice. Deliver different believers into my life to encourage me and should I encourage these round me to maintain searching for you. Amen.
By Suzanne Benner
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