7. “That is why the Holy Spirit says, today when you hear his voice, 8. don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness. 9. There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years. 10. So I was angry with them, and I said, ‘Their hearts always turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ 11. So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.'” 12. Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.”
Good morning WBFWE Family. Happy blessed Wednesday. I pray that all is well with you today. Thanks for visiting the site. Continue to have an awesome blessed day in Jesus name.
When I read these scriptures last week I got so excited and could not wait to talk about it. I prayed and asked Yahweh in Jesus name to bless me through the Holy Spirit to talk about this and relate it to life today. Today I will talk about verses 7-8 and I will finish by Friday, April 9, 2021 with verses 9, 10, 11, and 12. I pray that what is written below blesses you as it has blessed me. Enjoy!!!
Hebrews 3: 7-8
7. “That is why the Holy Spirit says, today when you hear his voice, 8. don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness.
Normally when we hear the voice of a loved one calling we get excited. We answer with anticipation with what they have to say. Whether it’s our name name or a pet name they’ve given us, we get excited to know they are thinking enough of us to call us. Keeping it honest… our excitement stays or goes depending on the reason they are calling us. But not answering when we hear that loved ones voice is not an option.
The Holy Spirit is telling us in the scripture that today, when we hear His voice don’t harden our hearts as Israel did. Whether we hear His voice today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, we should not harden our hearts. We should not ignore His voice, his prompting, his nudging, his calling. We are all ears and eager to listen when we are praying and asking Lord God for help, healing, or to bless us. When we want to hear from heaven, baby our ears are perked and perched on top of our heads pointing straight up like a satellite pointing to the sky looking for a signal.
When we don’t have a want, need, or not expecting to hear from Him, we have a hard time distinguishing His voice from a stranger. When the Father comes calling, meaning He wants our attention, wants us to listen, or wants us to do something for Him, that’s when we get hard of hearing and act like we have/need a hearing-aide. Huhhhh… what… God is that really you… nooowww… seriously… whyyyyy. Or worse yet we ignore Him. We treat Him as if we are the parent and He is our child walking behind us nagging us trying to get our attention by calling us or tapping us on the shoulder.
We know The Father is calling us, but we don’t want to hear it. We are doing what our ancestors did…. we are doing what the Holy Spirit asks us not to do… which is harden our hearts (and not listen). Israel indeed tested The Lord Their God in the wilderness. By not listening to His voice and hardening their hearts they angered Their Provider/Their God. They made things harder for themselves, thus turning a beautiful 11 day journey into 40 restless years and ultimately missing out on all He wanted to do for them and give them.
If we are not careful as individuals, as nations, as a world we will miss out on our blessings as well. We will be wandering in circles, as the Israelites did… we will be causing our own pain, misery, and suffering, as the Israelites did… we will be without rest, as the Israelites were…we will be missing out on what He wants to do for us and give us, as the Israelites did.
Our relationship with Yahweh through Christ Jesus should not be taken for granted and should not be one-sided and selfish like the Israelites relationship with Him was. What makes what we have to say more important than what Our Heavenly Father has to say? When we talk He listens. When He talks we should listen.
Remember: Listening can bless you! Listening can save your life!
Song: Fellowship by Merlon Devine