walk in the word
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion (Hebrews 3:15, esv).
True confession: I’ve never been a fan of fire drills. In fact, I tend to be a little cavalier about them. I think I became that way after doing these fire drills every month in school. I’ll never forget the sudden blaring of the alarm—and off we’d traipse into the cold.
I’d grumble to myself about having to stand there for 20 minutes, and then (with my apologies to our valiant fire fighters!), the fire department would arrive and give the “all clear” sign.
“Every day of rebellion is another plank kicked out of the bridge back to God.”
Possibly, like me, when you hear a fire alarm you think, “I’m not going outside! I know they’re just testing it. I know there’s no fire.” Somewhere along the line we lose our sensitivity, and when the alarm sounds, we’re complacent. We’re talking on our phones, strolling toward a convenient exit.
I’ll tell you what, though: I bet there were some guys with attitudes like mine in the Twin Towers on September 11th, and I’ll guarantee their indifference turned to urgency in a matter of seconds.
Here’s my point: Reality in view erases complacency.
We’ve been told for years that Christ is coming back and that history as we know it will not go on forever. But how often do we treat those words like just another fire drill?
In Revelation, the Apostle John gives us a wake-up call to prepare us for Jesus’ imminent return. “And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them” (Revelation 9:6).
Wouldn’t you think at that point the churches would be filled with people longing to get right with God? Wouldn’t you think people would be praying and falling on their faces and crying out to the Lord for forgiveness? Wouldn’t there be revival?
But that isn’t what will happen.
That is the danger of hardening your heart. This is why Scripture says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
God’s Word gives this exhortation because it is the most serious sin. If you harden your heart against the work of the Holy Spirit, it gets more and more difficult to turn back to Him.
Every day of rebellion is another plank kicked out of the bridge back to God.
It’s serious to harden your heart. If you are reading this and you are shutting out God’s Word, today is the day of salvation. Be done with ignoring the fire drills. It’s time to repent.
Father, I do hear the alarms. I see the signs. You are warning me to turn from my sin. Today I repent of my rebellion. Show me where I have hardened my heart, and make me more sensitive to Your voice. I don’t want a heart of stone—I want a heart of flesh. Grant me repentance I pray, and let me hear Your voice. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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